Quotes by Sir Philip Sidney

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Sir Philip Sidney (November 30, 1554 October 17, 1586) became one of the Elizabethan Age's most prominent figures. Famous in his day in England as a poet, courtier and soldier, he remains known as a writer of sonnets. more

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Come Sleep! Oh Sleep, the certain knot of peace, the baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, the poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release, the indifferent judge between the high and low.

The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.
Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.
Either I will find away or I will make one
Fearfulness, contrary to all other vices, maketh a man think the better of another, the worse of himself.
It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy.
Open suspecting of others comes of secretly condemning ourselves.
The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.
Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude.
All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.
A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger.
Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue.
With a tale, for soothe, he cometh unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.
To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.