George Herbert Quotes

George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest. Herbert's poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognized as "a pivotal figure: enormously popular, deeply and broadly influential, and arguably the most skilful and important British devotional lyricist."

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George Herbert


One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

George Herbert


Good words are worth much, and cost little.

George Herbert


Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

George Herbert


A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread.

George Herbert



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.

George Herbert


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

George Herbert


None knows the weight of another's burden.

George Herbert


Night is the mother of counsels.

George Herbert


But, indeed, the science of logic and the whole framework of philosophical thought men have kept since the days of Plato and Aristotle, has no more essential permanence as a final expression of the human mind, than the Scottish Longer Catechism.

George Herbert


Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright, / The bridal of the earth and sky...

George Herbert


Sometimes the best gain is to lose.

George Herbert


No profit to honour, no honour to Religion.

George Herbert


Religion a stalking horse to shoot other foul.

George Herbert


Jest not with the eye or with Religion.

George Herbert