Quotes by Geoffrey Chaucer

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Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 - October 25, 1400) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat (courtier), and a diplomat. He is often referred to as the Father of English Literature. Although he wrote many works he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. He is sometimes credited with being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin. more

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Time and tide wait for no man.
We know little of the things for which we pray.
The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.
First he wrought, and afterward he taught.
People can die of mere imagination.
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.
Nowhere so busy a man as he than he, and yet he seemed busier than he was.
Ye been oure lord, dooth with youre owene thyngRight as yow list.
For this was on seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh there to chese his make, Of every kynde that men thynke may, And that so huge a noyse gan they make That erthe and eyr and tre and every lake So ful was, that unethe was there space For me to stonde, so ful was al the place.
Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour Of which vertu engendered is the flour: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages.

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