Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest (1593-1633)
George Herbert was a Welsh poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England. His poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognised as "one of the foremost British devotional lyricists." He was born into an artistic and wealthy family and largely raised in England. He received a good education that led to his admission to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1609. He went there with the intention of becoming a priest, but he became the University's Public Orator and attracted the attention of King James I. He served in the Parliament of England in 1624 and briefly in 1625.
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All is well with him who is beloved of his neighbors.
By no means run in debt: take thine own measure. Who cannot live on twenty pound a year, Cannot on forty.
Be not too presumptuously sure in any business; for things of this world depend on such a train of unseen chances that if it were in man's hands to set the tables, still he would not be certain to win the game.
There would be no great ones if there were no little ones.
My house, my house, though thou art small, thou art to me the Escurial.
Follow not truth too near the heels, lest it dash out thy teeth.
People must be free to work, to save, to own their own home, to take risks, to invest in each other and, in essence, to control their own lives.
As for me, tough duty though it may be, I continue to do my part for the commercial recreation industry. Fishing, boating, tennis, golf, running, hunting, and all of this. Horseshoes. It's tough duty. Somebody has to do it, and I'm going to keep on.
We have had triumphs, we have made mistakes, we have had sex.
We are enjoying sluggish times and not enjoying them very much.
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