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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Top 10 Best Canterbury Tales Quotes

#10

 

Then you compared a woman's love to Hell,
To barren land where water will not dwell,
And you compared it to a quenchless fire,
The more it burns the more is its desire
To burn up everything that burnt can be.
You say that just as worms destroy a tree
A wife destroys her husband and contrives,
As husbands know, the ruin of their lives.

--GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue"

 
#9
 

No one alive--it needs no arguing
But sometimes says or does a wrongful thing;
Rage, sickness, influence of some malign
Star-constellation, temper, woe or wine
Spur us to wrongful words or make us trip.
One should not seek revenge for every slip.

--GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales, "The Franklin's Tale"

 
#8
 

And so it is in politics, dear brother,
Each for himself alone, there is no other.

--GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales, "The Knight's Tale"

 
#7
 

Purity in body and heart
May please some--as for me, I make no boast.
For, as you know, no master of a household
Has all of his utensils made of gold;
Some are wood, and yet they are of use.

--GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue"

 
#6
 

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, The Canterbury Tales, "General Prologue"

 
#5
 

Death is the end of every worldly pain.

--GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales, "The Knight's Tale"

 
#4
 

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, The Canterbury Tales, "The Franklin's Tale"

 
#3
 

Certain, when I was born, so long ago,
Death drew the tap of life and let it flow;
And ever since the tap has done its task,
And now there's little but an empty cask.

--GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales, "The Reeve's Prologue"

 
#2
 

For God's love, take things patiently, have sense,
Think! We are prisoners and shall always be.
Fortune has given us this adversity,
Some wicked planetary dispensation,
Some Saturn's trick or evil constellation
Has given us this, and Heaven, though we had sworn
The contrary, so stood when we were born.
We must endure it, that's the long and short.

--GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales, "The Knight's Tale"

 
#1
 

Alas, alas, that ever love was sin!
I ever followed natural inclination
Under the power of my constellation
And was unable to deny, in truth,
My chamber of Venus to a likely youth.

--GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue"

 
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