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15 Quotes of Wisdom from Chaucer, the Father of English Literature.

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June 16, 2018
Kate Fleming
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“Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche



The dictionary offers 7 definitions for a Father. The first is as to be expected: one who has begotten a child. The other 6 cover people from priests to those who act like fathers. It also hands the title to those who have originated something, like one of my favorite literary masters, Geoffrey Chaucer. He is hailed as the Father of English Literature. Not only was he the first to write poetry in the common English language, but his many words struck chords with the common people too. Whether we remember his words from school or not, his wisdom is still solid.


In honor of the Father’s Day, I offer wisdom from the Father of English Literature, Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400.)


15 Quotes of Wisdom by Chaucer:


“Patience is conquering virtue.”


“What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing.”


“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”


“The devil can only destroy those on their way to damnation.”


“Life is short. Art long. Opportunity is fleeting. Experience treacherous. Judgement difficult.”  


“Youth may outrun the old, but not outwit.”


“In love there is but little rest.”


“The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.”


“Many a true word is spoken in jest.”


“Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed.”


“The guilty think all talk is of themselves.”


“Many small make great.“


“There’s never a new fashion but it’s old.”


“Time and tide wait for no man.”


“All good things must come to an end.”


To all those who father their own or others’ children, to those who father our fathers, and to those who love children unconditionally, Happy Father’s Day!


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