65 Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes On Success In Life

Geoffrey Chaucer was an English poet and author. Widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, he is best known for The Canterbury Tales. He has been called the “father of English literature”, or, alternatively, the “father of English poetry”. These Geoffrey Chaucer quotes will motivate you.

Best Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes

  1. “What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  2. “The devil can only destroy those who are already on their way to damnation.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  3. “All good things must come to an end.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. “The life so brief, the art so long in the learning, the attempt so hard, the conquest so sharp, the fearful joy that ever slips away so quickly – by all this I mean love, which so sorely astounds my feeling with its wondrous operation, that when I think upon it I scarce know whether I wake or sleep.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  5. “For there is one thing I can safely say: that those bound by love must obey each other if they are to keep company long. Love will not be constrained by mastery; when mastery comes, the God of love at once beats his wings, and farewell he is gone. Love is a thing as free as any spirit; women naturally desire liberty, and not to be constrained like slaves; and so do men, if I shall tell the truth.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  6. “The guilty think all talk is of themselves.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  7. “Time and tide wait for no man.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  8. “Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  9. “Many a true word is spoken in jest” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  10. “In general, women desire to rule over their husbands and lovers, to be the authority above them.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  11. “The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  12. “Patience is a conquering virtue. The learned say that, if it not desert you, It vanquishes what force can never reach; Why answer back at every angry speech? No, learn forbearance or, I’ll tell you what, You will be taught it, whether you will or not.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  13. “If a man really loves a woman, of course he wouldn’t marry her for the world if he were not quite sure that he was the best person she could possibly marry.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  14. “It is nought good a sleeping hound to wake.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  15. “And so it is in politics, dear brother, Each for himself alone, there is no other.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  16. “Women naturally desire the same six things as I; they want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous with money, obedient to the wife, and lively in bed.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  17. “We little know the things for which we pray.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  18. “The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  19. “Mercy surpasses justice.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  20. “How potent is the fancy! People are so impressionable, they can die of imagination.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  21. “In April the sweet showers fall And pierce the drought of March to the root, and all The veins are bathed in liquor of such power As brings about the engendering of the flower.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  22. “Many small make a great.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  23. “What’s said is said and goes upon its way Like it or not, repent it as you may.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  24. “Patience is a conquering virtue.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  25. “. . . if gold rust, what then will iron do?/ For if a priest be foul in whom we trust/ No wonder that a common man should rust. . . .” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  26. “Great peace is found in little busy-ness.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  27. “Death is the end of every worldly pain.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  28. “The fields have eyes, and the woods have ears.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  29. “Strike while the iron is hot.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  30. “Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  31. “If we’re not foolish young, were foolish old.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  32. “Full wise is he that can himself knowe.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  33. “There’s never a new fashion but it’s old.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  34. “Habit maketh no monk, ne wearing of gilt spurs maketh no knight.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  35. “Remember in the forms of speech comes change Within a thousand years, and words that then Were well-esteemed, seem foolish now and strange; And yet they spake them so, time and again, And thrived in love as well as any men, And so to win their loves in sundry days, In sundry lands there are as many ways.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  36. “There was the murdered corpse, in covert laid,
    And violent death in thousand shapes displayed;
    The city to the soldier’s rage resigned;
    Successless wars, and poverty behind;
    Ships burnt in fight, or forced on rocky shores,
    And the rash hunter strangled by the boars;
    The newborn babe by nurses overlaid;
    And the cook caught within the raging fire he made.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  37. “Look up on high, and thank the God of all.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  38. “If gold rusts, what then can iron do?” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  39. “Who looks at me, beholdeth sorrows all, All pain, all torture, woe and all distress; I have no need on other harms to call, As anguish, languor, cruel bitterness, Discomfort, dread, and madness more and less; Methinks from heaven above the tears must rain In pity for my harsh and cruel pain.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  40. “I wol yow telle, as was me taught also,
    The foure spirites and the bodies sevene,
    By ordre, as ofte I herde my lord hem nevene.
    The firste spirit quiksilver called is,
    The second orpiment, the thridde, ywis,
    Sal armoniak, and the firthe brimstoon.
    The bodies sevene eek, lo! hem heer anoon:
    Sol gold is, and Luna silver we threpe,
    Mars yron, Mercurie quiksilver we clepe,
    Saturnus leed, and Jupiter is tin,
    And Venus coper, by my fader kin!” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  41. “In the stars is written the death of every man.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  42. “With empty hand no man can lure a hawk.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  43. “For tyme ylost may nought recovered be.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  44. “Men love newfangleness.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  45. “Forbid us something, and that thing we desire.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  46. “Yet do not miss the moral, my good men. For Saint Paul says that all that’s written well Is written down some useful truth to tell. Then take the wheat and let the chaff lie still.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  47. “Trouthe is the hyest thyng that man may kepe.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  48. “I am not the rose, but I have lived near the rose.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  49. “He is gentle that doeth gentle deeds.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  50. “He who accepts his poverty unhurt I’d say is rich although he lacked a shirt. But truly poor are they who whine and fret and covet what they cannot hope to get.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  51. “And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  52. “A whetstone is no carving instrument, And yet it maketh sharp the carving tool; And if you see my efforts wrongly spent, Eschew that course and learn out of my school; For thus the wise may profit by the fool, And edge his wit, and grow more keen and wary, For wisdom shines opposed to its contrary.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  53. “But Christ’s lore and his apostles twelve,He taught and first he followed it himself.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  54. “And as for me, thogh that I can but lyte, On bakes for to rede I me delyte, And to hem yeve I feyth and ful credence, And in myn herte have hem in reverence So hertely, that ther is game noon, That fro my bokes maketh me to goon, But hit be seldom, on the holyday; Save, certeynly, when that the month of May Is comen, and that I here the foules singe, And that the floures ginnen for to springe, Farwel my book and my devocion.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  55. “Make a virtue of necessity.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  56. “For out of old fields, as men saith, Cometh all this new corn from year to year; And out of old books, in good faith, Cometh all this new science that men learn.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  57. “There’s no workman, whatsoever he be, That may both work well and hastily.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  58. “And she was fair as is the rose in May.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  59. Love will not be constrain’d by mastery. When mast’ry comes, the god of love anon Beateth his wings, and, farewell, he is gone. Love is a thing as any spirit free.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  60. “Soun is noght but air ybroken, And every speche that is spoken, Loud or privee, foul or fair, In his substaunce is but air; For as flaumbe is but lighted smoke, Right so soun is air ybroke.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  61. “Thou shalt make castels thanne in Spayne And dreme of joye, all but in vayne.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  62. “By God, if women had written stories, As clerks had within here oratories, They would have written of men more wickedness Than all the mark of Adam may redress.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  63. “One cannot be avenged for every wrong; according to the occasion, everyone who knows how, must use temperance.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  64. “Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
    The droghte of March hath perced to the roote.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  65. “For in their hearts doth Nature stir them so Then people long on pilgrimage to go And palmers to be seeking foreign strands To distant shrines renowned in sundry lands.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

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