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49 Famous Quotes by Geoffrey Chaucer
- 10/25/1400
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This noble ensample to his sheepe he gaf,-- That firste he wroughte and after he taughte.

Example Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Canterbury Tales (prologue, l. 496)

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Thus with hir fader for a certeyn space Dwelleth this flour of wyfly pacience, That neither by hir wordes ne his face Biforn the fold, ne eek in her absence, Ne shewed she that hir was doon offence.

Patience Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Canterbury Tales (V, l. 13,254), The Clerk's Tale

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Nowher so besy a man as he ther was, And yet he semed bisier than he was.

Work Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Canterbury Tales (prologue, l. 321)

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Habit maketh no monke, ne wearing of guilt spurs maketh no knight.

Appearance Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: Testament of Love (bk. II), (Thomas Usk, Chaucer's contemporary, is generally accepted as author)

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Of harmes two the less is for to chose.

Choice Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: Troilus and Criseyde (bk. II, l, 470)

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It is not good a sleping hound to wake.

Sleep Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: Troilus and Criseyde (I, 640)

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Nature vicarye of the Almighty Lord.

Nature Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Parlement of Fowles (l. 379)

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One eare it heard, at the other out it went.

Hearing Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Canterbury Tales (bk. IV, l. 435)

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For oute of olde feldys, as men sey, Comyth al this newe corn from yere to yere; And out of old bokis, in good fey, Comyth al this newe science that men lere.

Age Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Parlement of Fowles (l. 21)

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Thanne is it wysdom, as thynketh me, To maken vertu of necessite, And take it weel, that we may not eschu, And namely that that to us alle is due.

Necessity Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Canterbury Tales (l. 2,182), The Knight's Tale

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The first vertue, sone, if thou wilt lerne, Is to restreyne and kepen wel thy tonge.

Tongue Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Canterbury Tales (l. 18,213), The Manciple's Tale

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Experience, though non auctoritee Were in this world, is right ynough to me To speke of wo that is in mariage. . . .

Marriage Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: Canterbury Tales--The Wife of Bath's Prologue

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Marriage is a wonderful invention; but, then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.

Marriage Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: Canterbury Tales--The Wife of Bath's Prologue

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The false lapwynge, full of trecherye.

Lapwings Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Parlement of Fowles (l. 47)

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In jalousie I rede eek thou hym bynde And thou shalt make him couche as doeth a quaille.

Quail Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Canterbury Tales (l. 13,541), The Clerk's Tale

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The jelous swan, agens hire deth that syngith.

Swans Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Parlement of Fowles (l. 342)

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For of Fortune's sharpe adversite, The worste kynde of infortune is this, A man to hav bent in prosperite, And it remembren whan it passed is.

Sorrow Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: Troilus and Criseyde (bk. III, l. 1,625)

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And for to se, and eek for to be seye.

Sight Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Canterbury Tales (preamble, l. 6,134), The Wife of Bath's Tale

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Therefore it behooveth hire a full long spoon That shal ete with a feend.

Devil Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer , Source: The Canterbury Tales (l. 602), The Squire's Tale

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The life so short, the crafts so long to learn.

Learning Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer

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First he wrought, and afterward he taught.

Literature Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer

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She lovede Right fro the firste sighte.

Love Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer

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Love is blynde.

Love Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer

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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.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Geoffrey Chaucer

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