Walter Raleigh quotes

Born
c. 1552, Hayes Barton, East Budleigh, Devon, England.

Died
October 29, 1618.

Occupation
Writer, soldier, explorer.

Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, soldier and writer. He was knighted in 1585, and within two years became Captain of the Queen’s Guard. Between 1584 and 158. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England. 

Prevention is the daughter of intelligence.
– Walter Raleigh
The useful type of successful teacher is one whose main interest is the children, not the subject.
– Walter Raleigh
But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust.
– Walter Raleigh
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!
– Walter Raleigh
Hath triumphed over time, which besides it nothing but eternity hath triumphed over.
– Walter Raleigh
There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation; the earth, heavens, and whole world is thereunto subject.
– Walter Raleigh
All men are evil and will declare themselves to be so when occasion is offered.
– Walter Raleigh
God is absolutely good; and so, assuredly, the cause of all that is good.
– Walter Raleigh
‘Tis a sharp medicine, but it will cure all that ails you.
– Walter Raleigh
Men endure the losses that befall them by mere casualty with more patience than the damages they sustain by injustice.
– Walter Raleigh
So the heart be right, it is no matter which way the head lieth.
– Walter Raleigh
Hatreds are the cinders of affection.
– Walter Raleigh
Remember, that if thou marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which, perchance, will never last nor please thee one year; and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all.
– Walter Raleigh
Our immortal souls, while righteous, are by God himself beautified with the title of his own image and similitude.
– Walter Raleigh
Our shipping and sea service is our best and safest defence as being the only fortification and rampart of England.
– Walter Raleigh
Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.
– Walter Raleigh
Youth is the opportunity to do something and to be somebody.
– Walter Raleigh
It would be an unspeakable advantage, both to the public and private, if men would consider that great truth, that no man is wise or safe but he that is honest.
– Walter Raleigh
Better were it to be unborn than to be ill bred.
– Walter Raleigh
… but the longest day hath its evening.
– Walter Raleigh
The necessity of war, which among human actions is the most lawless, hath some kind of affinity with the necessity of law.
– Walter Raleigh
The flowers do fade, and wanton fields To wayward winter reckoning yields; A honey tongue, a heart of gall, Is fancy’s spring, but sorrow’s fall.
– Walter Raleigh
It is not truth, but opinion that can travel the world without a passport.
– Walter Raleigh
The most divine light only shineth on those minds which are purged from all worldly dross and human uncleanliness.
– Walter Raleigh
But true love is a durable fire, In the mind ever burning, Never sick, never old, never dead, From itself never turning.
– Walter Raleigh
Never spend anything before thou have it; for borrowing is the canker and death of every man’s estate.
– Walter Raleigh
Whosoever in writing a modern history shall follow the truth too near the heels it may haply strike out his teeth.
– Walter Raleigh
Our bodies are but the anvils of pain and disease and our minds the hives of unnumbered cares.
– Walter Raleigh
To live thy better, let thy worst thoughts die.
– Walter Raleigh
No mortal thing can bear so high a price, But that with mortal thing it may be bought.
– Walter Raleigh
No one can take less pains than to hold his tongue. Hear much, and speak little; for the tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and greatest evil that is done in the world.
– Walter Raleigh
Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.
– Walter Raleigh
This is a sharp medicine, but it is a physician for all diseases and miseries.
– Walter Raleigh
Whoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.
– Walter Raleigh
Better it were not to live than to live a coward.
– Walter Raleigh
It is the nature of men having escaped one extreme, which by force they were constrained long to endure, to run headlong into the other extreme, forgetting that virtue doth always consist in the mean.
– Walter Raleigh
It is observed in the course of worldly things, that men’s fortunes are oftener made by their tongues than by their virtues; and more men’s fortunes overthrown thereby than by vices.
– Walter Raleigh
Expressive glances Shall be our lances And pops of Sillery Our light artillery.
– Walter Raleigh
Let valour end my life!
– Walter Raleigh
I shall never be persuaded that God hath shut up all light of learning within the lantern of Aristotle’s brain.
– Walter Raleigh
He that doth not as other men do, but endeavoureth that which ought to be done, shall thereby rather incur peril than preservation; for who so laboreth to be sincerely perfect and good shall necessarily perish, living among men that are generally evil.
– Walter Raleigh
If thou marry beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which, perchance, will neither last nor please thee one year.
– Walter Raleigh
Who so desireth to know what will be hereafter, let him think of what is past, for the world hath ever been in a circular revolution; whatsoever is now, was heretofore; and things past or present, are no other than such as shall be again: Redit orbis in orbem.
– Walter Raleigh
A wandering minstrel I A thing of shreds and patches Of ballads, songs and snatches And dreamy lullaby!
– Walter Raleigh
A man must first govern himself ere he is fit to govern a family; and his family ere he be fit to bear the government of the commonwealth.
– Walter Raleigh
Use your youth so that you may have comfort to remember it when it has forsaken you, and not sigh and grieve at the account thereof.
– Walter Raleigh