Sir Walter Raleigh Quotes

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I wish I loved the human Race, I wish I loved its silly face, and when I'm introduced to one, I wish I thought "what jolly fun"!
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Walter Alexander Raleigh
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But Love is a durable fire in the mind ever burning Never sick, never old, never dead From itself, never turning.
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Walter Raleigh
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The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.
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Walter Raleigh
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I wish I loved the Human Race; I wish I loved its silly face; I wish I liked the way it walks; I wish I liked the way it talks; And when I’m introduced to one, I wish I thought β€œWhat Jolly Fun!
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Walter Alexander Raleigh
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Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.
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Walter Raleigh
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Even such is Time * Even such is Time, that takes in trust Our youth, our joys, our all we have, And pays us but with earth and dust; Who in the dark and silent grave, When we have wandered all our ways, Shuts up the story of our days: But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust. Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618) *These lines are said to have been composed by Sir Walter Raleigh on the night before his execution.
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Walter Raleigh
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I have provided a possible explanation for Antiochus's insane foolhardiness when left in command of the Athenian Fleet, because Thucidides's bald account is so unbelievable (unless one assumes that both Antiochus and Alkibiades were mentally defective) that any explanation seems more likely than none. Alkibiades himself is an enigma. Even allowing that no man is all black and all white, few men can ever have been more wildly and magnificently piebald. Like another strange and contradictory character Sir Walter Raleigh, he casts a glamour that comes clean down the centuries, a dazzle of personal magnetism that makes it hard to see the man behind it. I have tried to see. I have tried to fit the pieces into a coherent whole; I don't know whether I have been successful or not; but I do not think that I have anywhere falsified the portrait.
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Rosemary Sutcliff (The Flowers of Adonis)
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Will read a poem by Sir Walter Raleigh at his grandmother's funeral. "Pondering the joys we had, listen & keep very still. If the lowing from the hill or the tolling of the bell do not serve to break the spell, listen: you may be allowed to hear my laughter from a cloud.
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Lynne Branard (The Art of Arranging Flowers)
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Even such is Time, which takes in trust Our youth, our joys, and all we have, And pays us but with age and dust; Who in the dark and silent grave, When we have wandered all our ways, Shuts up the story of our days.
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Walter Raleigh
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When the grand twelve million jury of our sins and sinful fury, 'Gainst our souls black verdicts give, Christ pleads his death, and then we live. Be thou my speaker, taintless pleader, unblotted lawyer, true proceeder.
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Our taste must always be, more or less, the victim of our limitations, but we should beware of glorying in it, and, above all, we should beware of mistaking the aversions of timidity and sensibility for critical judgments.
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Thou mayest be sure that he that will in private tell thee of thy faults is thy friend, for he adventures thy dislike and hazards thy hatred; for there are few men that can endure it, every man for the most part delighting in self-praise, which is one of the most universal fallies that bewitcheth mankind
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Walter Raleigh
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A professional man of letters, especially if he is much at war with unscrupulous enenemies, is naturally jealous of his privacy... so it was, I think, with Dryden.
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Sir Walter Raleigh, said to have written on a window with a diamond to Queen Elizabeth: "Fain would I climb, but yet fear I to fall." Queen Elizabeth: "If thy heart fail thee, then climb not at all.
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Elizabeth I
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...Raleigh was later to write, after a duel the hangman was the one who bestowed the garland on the victor.
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Raleigh Trevelyan (Sir Walter Raleigh: Being a True and Vivid Account of the Life and Times of the Explorer, Soldier, Scholar, Poet, and Courtier--The Controversial Hero of the Elizabethan Age)
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I wish I loved the Human Race; I wish I loved its silly face; I wish I liked the way it walks; I wish I liked the way it talks: And when I’m introduced to one I wish I thought What Jolly Fun! β€”Sir Walter A. Raleigh
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M.C. Beaton (Death of a Nurse (Hamish Macbeth, #31))
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SHAKESPEARE What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more (Hamlet) There is no one kind of Shakespearean hero, although in many ways Hamlet is the epitome of the Renaissance tragic hero, who reaches his perfection only to die. In Shakespeare's early plays, his heroes are mainly historical figures, kings of England, as he traces some of the historical background to the nation's glory. But character and motive are more vital to his work than praise for the dynasty, and Shakespeare's range expands considerably during the 1590s, as he and his company became the stars of London theatre. Although he never went to university, as Marlowe and Kyd had done, Shakespeare had a wider range of reference and allusion, theme and content than any of his contemporaries. His plays, written for performance rather than publication, were not only highly successful as entertainment, they were also at the cutting edge of the debate on a great many of the moral and philosophical issues of the time. Shakespeare's earliest concern was with kingship and history, with how 'this sceptr'd isle' came to its present glory. As his career progressed, the horizons of the world widened, and his explorations encompassed the geography of the human soul, just as the voyages of such travellers as Richard Hakluyt, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Sir Francis Drake expanded the horizons of the real world.
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Ronald Carter (The Routledge History of Literature in English: Britain and Ireland)
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Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes to England. His was the face that launched 1,000 chips.
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Martin H. Samuel
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First colonized by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh, in 1583, St John’s has ever since been an important outpost of the Americas. Home port of the vast Grand Banks cod fishing fleet, it was here, on Signal Hill, that Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless message in 1901, and from here Alcock and Brown took off to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919.
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Bernard Edwards (The Twilight of the U-Boats)
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Potatoes came to Europe from the New World in the early sixteenth century. Sir Francis Drake is thought to have introduced the potato to England, and shortly afterward Sir Walter Raleigh tried planting them on his Irish estates. When
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Ryan Hackney (The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland)
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Sir Walter Raleigh is more safely enshrined in the memory of mankind because he set his cloak for the Virgin Queen to walk on than because he carried the english name to undiscovered countries.
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W. Somerset Maugham
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The King’s instructions included that β€œall persons should kindly treat the savages and heathen people in these parts, and use all proper means to draw them to the true service and knowledge of God.”21 As early as 1588, Sir Walter Raleigh had given 100 pounds for the β€œpropagation of Christianity in Virginia.”22
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Peter A. Lillback (George Washington's Sacred Fire)
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A man must first govern himself ere he be fit to govern a family. β€”SIR WALTER RALEIGH
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Robyn Carr (The Family Gathering (Sullivan's Crossing #3))
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Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the most brilliant men at the court of Queen Elizabeth of England. He had skills as a scientist, wrote poetry still recognized as among the most beautiful writing of the time, was a proven leader of men, an enterprising entrepreneur, a great sea captain, and on top of all this was a handsome, dashing courtier who charmed his way into becoming one of the queen's favorites.... In the end, the reason he was executed was treason, but envy will use any cover it finds to mask its destructiveness.
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Robert Greene
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The envy elicited by Sir Walter Raleigh is the worst kind: It was inspired by his natural talent and grace, which he felt was best displayed in its full flower.
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Robert Greene (The 48 Laws of Power)
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Nothing’s so partial as the laws of fate, Erecting blockheads to suppress the great. Sir Francis Drake the Spanish plate-fleet won; He had been a pirate if he had got none. Sir Walter Raleigh strove, but missed the plate, And therefore died a traitor to the State. Endeavour bears a value more or less, Just as ’tis recommended by success: The lucky coxcomb ev’ry man will prize, And prosp’rous actions always pass for wise.
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Daniel Defoe (An Essay upon Projects)
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Sir Walter Raleigh once remarked, β€œthe art of magic is the art of worshipping God.
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Jason Louv (The Angelic Reformation: John Dee, Enochian Magick & the Occult Roots of Empire)
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ORIGIN OF AMERICA In Cuba, according to Christopher Columbus, there were mermaids with men’s faces and roosters’ feathers. In Guyana, according to Sir Walter Raleigh, there were people with eyes on their shoulders and mouths in their chests.
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Eduardo Galeano (Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone)
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Even such is Time, that takes in trust Our youth, our joys, our all we have, And pays us but with earth and dust; Who, in the dark and silent grave, When we have wandered all our ways, Shuts up the story of our days. But from this earth, this grave this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust. - "Even such is Time" from "Petition to Anne of Denmark
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Walter Raleigh
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O eloquent, just and mighty Death! Whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hast cast out of the world and despised; thou hast drawn together all the far-stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words; Hic Jacet! (Here lies)
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An epitaph, said to have been written by Sir Walter Raleigh, was much quoted: β€œHere lies the noble Warrior that never blunted sword; Here lies the noble Courtier that never kept his word; Here lies his Excellency that govern’d all the State; Here lies the Lord of Leicester that all the world did hate.
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Abigail Archer (Elizabeth I)
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God’s justice in the one, and his goodness in the other, is exercised for evermore, as the everlasting subjects of his reward and punishment.
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Francis Drake but also Sir Walter Raleigh, John Hawkins, Richard Grenville, and the Gilberts, whose climb in rank did not suffer from their pirate leanings. As Sir Henry Mainwaring, pirate turned admiral of the navy under King James I,
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Henry Freeman (Pirates: The Golden Age of Piracy: A History From Beginning to End (Buccaneer, Blackbeard, Grace o Malley, Henry Morgan))
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Mankind is incorrigible. Sir Walter Raleigh brought from the new world that potato and that weed, the one a killer of pestilence by absorption, the other a poisoner of the ear, eye, heart, memory, will, understanding, all. That is to say, he brought the poison a hundred years before another person whose name I forget brought the food. Suicide. Lies. All our habits. Why, look at our public
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James Joyce (James Joyce: The Complete Collection)
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This place may indeed be haunted,” he thought, β€œperhaps by the delighted soul of Sir Walter Raleigh, patron of the weed, but seemingly not by the proprietors.
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Christopher Morley (The Haunted Bookshop)