Idleness is the gate of all harms. — An idle man is like a house that hath no walls; the devils may enter on every side.
Ye been oure lord, dooth with youre owene thyngRight as yow list.
Of all the floures in the mede,|Than love I most these floures white and rede,|Soch that men callen daisies in our toun.
My mind to me a kingdom is; such present joys therein I find, that it excels all other bliss that earth affords.
He doth all things with sadness and with peevishness, slackness and excusation, with idleness and without good will.
Of fortune’s sharp adversity, the worst kind of misfortune is this, that a man hath been in prosperity and it remembers when it passed is.
Abstinence is approved of God.
Certes, they been lye to hounds, for an hound when he cometh by the roses, or by other bushes, though he may nat pisse, yet wole he heve up his leg and make a countenance to pisse.
Go, little book; God send thee good passage, and specially let this be thy prayer, unto them all that thee will read or hear, where thou art wrong, after their help to call, thee to correct in any part, or all.
Take a cat, nourish it well with milk|And tender meat, make it a couch of silk,|But let it see a mouse along the wall|And it abandones milk and meat and all.
- Abraham Cowley English Poet
- Edmund Spenser English Poet
- John Dryden English Poet
- John Milton English Poet
- John Webster English Dramatist, Poet
- John Masefield English Poet, Novelist
- William Wordsworth English Poet
- Roger Bacon English Philosopher
- Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke English Politician, Philosopher
- Francis Bacon English Philosopher