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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
Chaucer
 
  But Cristes lore, and his apostles twelve, / He taught, but first he folwed it himselve.  1
  For of fortunes sharpe adversite, / The worst kind of infortune is this, / A man that hath been in prosperite, / And it remember when it passéd is.  2
  For to see and eek for to be seye.  3
  Full wise is he that can himselven knowe.  4
  He is gentil that doth gentil dedes.  5
  I have, God wot, a largë field to ear; / And weakë be the oxen in my plough.  6
  Murder will out.  7
  Savor (desire) no more than thee behoven shall, / Rede well thyself that other folks can rede, / And truth thee shalt deliver—’tis no drede.  8
  Suffice unto thy good, though it be small, / For hoard hath hate, and climbing tickleness; (uncertainty) / Praise hath envie, and weal is blent o’er all.  9
  That thee is sent receive in buxomness: / The wrestling of this world asketh a fall. / Here is no home, here is but wilderness. / Forth, pilgrim, forth—on, best out of thy stall. / Look up on high, and thank the God of all.  10
  The greatest clerkes (scholars) ben not the wisest men.  11
  The substance of a man is full good when sin is not in a man’s conscience.  12
  Trusse up thy packe, and trudge from me, to every little boy, / And tell them thus from me, their time most happy is, / If to theyr time they reason had, to know the truth of this.  13
  Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.  14
 
 
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