Philip Sidney Quotes

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My true love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange, one for the other given.
Philip Sidney
Fool, said my muse to me, look in thy heart and write.
Philip Sidney (Astrophel and Stella, 1581)
Open suspecting others comes of secret condemning themselves.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia, 1580)
Then will be the time to die nobly, when you cannot live nobly.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book III, 1580)
Sweet food of sweetly uttered knowledge.
Philip Sidney (An Apology for Poetry, 1579)
Each excellent thing, once learned, serves for a measure of all other knowledge
Philip Sidney
It is a great happiness to be praised of them that are most praiseworthy.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book I, 1580)
That only disadvantage of honest hearts, credulity.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book II, 1580)
Come Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace.
Philip Sidney (Astrophel and Stella, 1581)
Whether your time call you to live or die, 
do both like a prince.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book I, 1580)
Love gave the wound, which while I breathe will bleed.
Philip Sidney (Astrophel and Stella, 1581)
Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:
"Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart and write."
Philip Sidney (Astrophel and Stella, 1581)
A fair woman shall not only command without authority but persuade without speaking.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia, 1580)
Breathe out the flames which burn within my heart
Love only reading unto me this art.
Philip Sidney (Astrophel and Stella, 1581)
They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book I, 1580)
Contentions for trifles can get but a trifling victory.
Philip Sidney (An Apology for Poetry, 1579)
This is the right conceit of young men, who think then they
speak wiseliest when they cannot understand themselves.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book II, 1580)
A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger.
Philip Sidney
Beauty, which can give an edge to the bluntest sword.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book I, 1580)
A dull head thinks of no better way to show himself wise
than by suspecting everything in his way.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book II, 1580)
The wont of highest hearts, like the palm tree striving most upward
when he is most burdened.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book III, 1580)
Oh no, her heart is such a citadel,
So fortified with wit, stored with disdain,
That to win it, is all the skill and pain.
Philip Sidney (Astrophel and Stella, 1581)
Shallow brooks murmur most, deep silent slide away.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book I, 1580)
O accursed reason, how many eyes thou hast to see thy evils, 
and how dim, nay blind, thou art in preventing them.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book III, 1580)
The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor and little care.
Philip Sidney
There is no man suddenly either excellently good or extremely evil.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book I, 1580)
I seek no better warrant than my own conscience.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book I, 1580)
Nothing is achieved before it be throughly attempted.
Philip Sidney (The Countress of Pembroke's Arcadia - Book II, 1580)
If you neglect your work, you will dislike it; if you do it well, you will enjoy it.
Philip Sidney
What love and beauty be, then all my deed
But copying is, what in her Nature writes.
Philip Sidney (Astrophel and Stella, 1581)
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Philip Sidney Biography

Born: November 30, 1554
Died: October 17, 1586

Philip Sidney was an English poet, soldier and courtier. He is remembered today as one of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan Age.

Notable Works

An Apology for Poetry (1579)
The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (1580)
Astrophel and Stella (1581)