"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" - Mark 16:15

George Herbert Quotes

Quotes by George Herbert


"Spend not on hopes."

"One enemy is too much."

"Be thrifty, but not covetous."

"The shortest answer is doing."

"Living well is the best revenge."

"The eye is bigger than the belly."

"God's mill grinds slow, but sure."

"Love and a cough cannot be hid."

"Time is the rider that breaks youth."

"Sometimes the best gain is to lose."

"Words are women, deeds are men."

"He that lies with dogs, riseth with fleas."

"One sword keeps another in the sheath."

"A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread."

"Storms make the oak grow deeper roots."

"Good words are worth much, and cost little."

"Life is half spent before we know what it is."

"Better never begin than never make an end."

"None knows the weight of another's burden."

"Man is no star, but a quick coal Of mortal fire:"

"Skill and confidence are an unconquered army."

"He that hath lost his credit is dead to the world."

"Where the drink goes in, there the wit goes out."

"Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer."

"There is great force hidden in a gentle command."

"Love your neighbor, yet pull not down your hedge."

"The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller not one."

"Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them."

"One hour's sleep before midnight is worth three after."

"Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another."

"Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night."

"Christ is the glorious instrument of God for the revoking of Man."

"When you are an anvil, hold you still; when you are a hammer, strike your fill."

"A Pastor is the Deputy of Christ for the reducing of Man to the Obedience of God."

"Man is God's image; but a poor man is Christ's stamp to boot: both images regard."

"In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge."

"A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin."

"Go not for every grief to the physician, nor for every quarrel to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot."

"He that is not handsome at 20, nor strong at 30, nor rich at 40, nor wise at 50, will never be handsome, strong, rich or wise."

"He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven."

"THe Parson is very exact in the governing of his house, making it a copy and modell for his Parish. He knows the temper, and pulse of every person in his house, and accordingly either meets with their vices, or advanceth theirvertues."

"BEing desirous (thorow the Mercy of GOD) to please Him, for whom I am, and live, and who giveth mee my Desires and Performances; and considering with my self, That the way to please him, is to feed my Flocke diligently and faithfully, since our Saviour hath made that the argument of a Pastour's love, I have resolved to set down the Form and Character of a true Pastour, that I may have a Mark to aim at: which also I will set as high as I can, since hee shoots higher that threatens the Moon, then hee that aims at a Tree."

"THe Countrey Parson is exceeding exact in his Life, being holy, just, prudent, temperate, bold, grave in all his wayes. And because the two highest points of Life, wherein a Christian is most seen, are Patience, and Mortification; Patience in regard of afflictions, Mortification in regard of lusts and affections, and the stupifying and deading of all the clamorous powers of the soul, therefore he hath throughly studied these, that he may be an absolute Master and commander of himself, for all the purposes which God hath ordained him."

Compiled by Thomas George