There have been many most excellent poets that have never versified, and now swarm many versifiers that need never answer to the name of poets.
Sir Philip Sidney (1554 - 1586)
Source: Defence of Poesie, written 1579-80; published 1595
Contributed by: Zaady
It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy.
To be rhymed to death as is said to be done in Ireland.
Come, Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace, The baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, The poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release, Th' indifferent judge between the high and low.
Source: Sonnet XXXIX
There is nothing so great that I fear to do it for my friend; nothing so small that I will disdain to do it for him.
The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.
High erected thoughts seated in the heart of courtesy.
Source: The Arcadia, 1580
The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.
To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
Leave me, O Love, which reachest but to dust, And thou, my mind, aspire to higher things; Grow rich in that which never taketh rust; Whatever fades, but fading pleasure brings.
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