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A collection of quotations by George Herbert on poetry, priesthood, Christianity, friendship, books, life, reading, love, inspiration, beauty, desire, sin and mortality.

27 Thought-Provoking Quotes By George Herbert On Religion And Living Well

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03 April 1593

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01 March 1633

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Montgomery

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39

George Herbert was a Welsh-born poet and priest. He was born in a wealthy family and was a sibling to the famous poet and philosopher Edward Herbert. After completing his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College he was appointed as an orator at the Cambridge University. He worked there for a long period before becoming the Member of Parliament Montgomeryshire. His aspirations to build a career at court were crushed due to the untimely death of his connections in the noble circle. This turned him towards priesthood and he became a pastor of Bremerton. During this period he preached Christianity and also wrote several poems based on religion. He wrote his first collection of poems called ‘The Temple’. His most notable work was ‘Easter Wings’. His religious poems have been adapted by various songwriters. His books, poems, teachings and other writings have become popular quotations and are frequently quoted by people. We have excerpted his quotes from his work, speeches and life. Go through the compilation of quotes and sayings by George Herbert.

Good words are worth much, and cost little.

- George Herbert

The God of love my shepherd is, And he that doth me feed: While he is mine, and I am his, What can I want or need?

- The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations, George Herbert

For, if I imp my wing on thine, Affliction shall advance the flight in me.

- The Complete English Poems, George Herbert

Throw away thy rod, throw away thy wrath; O my God, take the gentle path.

- George Herbert

The market is the best garden.

- George Herbert

For if I wimp my wing on thine. Affliction shall advance the flight in me.

- George Herbert

Peace, prattler.

- George Herbert

Love is swift of foot;/Love's a man of war.

- George Herbert

Man is no star, but a quick coal Of mortal fire: Who blows it not, nor doth control A faint desire,

- The Temple: The Poetry of George Herbert, George Herbert

Be calm in arguing: for fierceness makes Error a fault, and truth discourtesy.

- The Temple: The Poetry of George Herbert, George Herbert

Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back, Guiltie of dust and sin.

- George Herbert

But I am lost in flesh, whose sugared lies, Still mock me and grow bold: Sure thou didst put a mind there, if I could Find where it lies.

- The Complete English Works, George Herbert

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright, The bridal of the earth and sky; The dew shall weep thy fall tonight, For thou must die.

- The Temple: The Poetry of George Herbert, George Herbert

Every path hath a puddle.

- George Herbert

Love and a cough cannot be hid.

- George Herbert

Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?

- The Complete English Works, George Herbert

Who says that fictions only and false hair Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty? Is all good structure in a winding stair?

- The Temple: The Poetry of George Herbert, George Herbert

He begins to die, that quits his desires.

- George Herbert

Every mile is two in winter

- George Herbert

A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread.

- George Herbert

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.

- George Herbert

The shortest answer is doing.

- George Herbert

Life is half spent before we know what it is.

- George Herbert

Storms make oaks take deeper root.

- George Herbert

Woe be to him that reads but one book.

- George Herbert

Living well is the best revenge.

- George Herbert

The best mirror is an old friend.

- George Herbert