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Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature


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Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Whanne that April with his shoures sote
The droughte of March hath perced to the rote.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 1.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
And smale foules maken melodie,
That slepen alle night with open eye,
So priketh hem nature in hir corages;
Than longen folk to gon on pilgrimages.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 9.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
And of his port as meke as is a mayde.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 69.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
He was a veray parfit gentil knight.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 72.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
He coude songes make, and wel endite.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 95.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Ful wel she sange the service devine,
Entuned in hire nose ful swetely;
And Frenche she spake ful fayre and fetisly,
After the scole of Stratford atte bowe,
For Frenche of Paris was to hire unknowe.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 122.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
A Clerk ther was of Oxenforde also.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 287.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
For him was lever han at his beddes hed
A twenty bokes, clothed in black or red,
Of Aristotle, and his philosophie,
Than robes riche, or fidel, or sautrie.
But all be that he was a philosophre,
Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 295.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 310.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Nowher so besy a man as he ther n’ as,
And yet he semed besier than he was.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 323.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
His studie was but litel on the Bible.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 440.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
For gold in phisike is a cordial;
Therefore he loved gold in special.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 445.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Wide was his parish, and houses fer asonder.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 493.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
This noble ensample to his shepe he yaf,—
That first he wrought, and afterwards he taught.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 498.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
But Cristes lore, and his apostles twelve,
He taught; but first he folwed it himselve.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 529.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
And yet he had a thomb of gold parde.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 565.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Who so shall telle a tale after a man,
He moste reherse, as neighe as ever he can,
Everich word, if it be in his charge,
All speke he never so rudely and so large;
Or elles he moste tellen his tale untrewe,
Or feinen thinges, or finden word
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 733.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
For May wol have no slogardie a-night.
The seson priketh every gentil herte,
And maketh him out of his slepe to sterte.
Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 1044.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
That field hath eyen, and the wood hath ears.
Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 1524.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Up rose the sonne, and up rose Emelie.
Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 2275.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Min be the travaille, and thin be the glorie.
Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 2408.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
To maken vertue of necessite.
Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 3044.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
And brought of mighty ale a large quart.
Canterbury Tales. The Milleres Tale. Line 3497.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Ther n’ is no werkman whatever he be,
That may both werken wel and hastily.
Canterbury Tales. The Marchantes Tale. Line 585.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Yet in our ashen cold is fire yreken.
Canterbury Tales. The Reves Prologue. Line 3880.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
The gretest clerkes ben not the wisest men.
Canterbury Tales. The Reves Tale. Line 4051.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
So was hire joly whistle wel ywette.
Canterbury Tales. The Reves Tale. Line 4153.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
In his owen grese I made him frie.
Canterbury Tales. The Reves Tale. Line 6069.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
And for to see, and eek for to be seie.
Canterbury Tales. The Wif of Bathes Prologue. Line 6134.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
I hold a mouses wit not worth a leke,
That hath but on hole for to sterten to.
Canterbury Tales. The Wif of Bathes Prologue. Line 6154.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Loke who that is most vertuous alway,
Prive and apert, and most entendeth ay
To do the gentil dedes that he can,
And take him for the gretest gentilman.
Canterbury Tales. The Wif of Bathes Tale. Line 6695.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
That he is gentil that doth gentil dedis.
Line 6752.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
This flour of wifly patience.
Canterbury Tales. The Clerkes Tale. Part v. Line 8797.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
They demen gladly to the badder end.
Canterbury Tales. The Squieres Tale. Line 10538.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Therefore behoveth him a ful long spone,
That shall eat with a fend.
Line 10916.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Fie on possession,
But if a man be vertuous withal.
Canterbury Tales. The Frankeleines Prologue. Line 10998.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.
Canterbury Tales. The Frankeleines Tale. Line 11789.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Full wise is he that can himselven knowe.
Canterbury Tales. The Monkes Tale. Line 1449.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Mordre wol out, that see we day by day.
Canterbury Tales. The Nonnes Preestes Tale. Line 15058.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
But all thing which that shineth as the gold
Ne is no gold, as I have herd it told.
Canterbury Tales. The Chanones Yemannes Tale. Line 16430.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
The firste vertue, sone, if thou wilt lere,
Is to restreine and kepen wel thy tonge.
Canterbury Tales. The Manciples Tale. Line 17281.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
The proverbe saith that many a smale maketh a grate.
Canterbury Tales. Persones Tale.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Of harmes two the lesse is for to cheese.
Troilus and Creseide. Book ii. Line 470.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Right as an aspen lefe she gan to quake.
Line 1201.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
For of fortunes sharpe adversite,
The worst kind of infortune is this,—
A man that hath been in prosperite,
And it remember whan it passed is.
Troilus and Creseide. Book iii. Line 1625.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
He helde about him alway, out of drede,
A world of folke.
Troilus and Creseide. Book iii. Line 1721.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
One eare it heard, at the other out it went.
Troilus and Creseide. Book iv. Line 435.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Eke wonder last but nine deies never in toun.
Troilus and Creseide. Book iv. Line 525.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
I am right sorry for your heavinesse.
Troilus and Creseide. Book v. Line 146.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Go, little booke! go, my little tragedie!
Troilus and Creseide. Book v. Line 1798.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Your duty is, as ferre as I can gesse.
The Court of Love. Line 178.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne,
The Assembly of Fowles. Line 1.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
For out of the old fieldes, as men saithe,
Cometh al this new corne fro yere to yere;
And out of old bookes, in good faithe,
Cometh al this new science that men lere.
The Assembly of Fowles. Line 22.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Nature, the vicar of the Almightie Lord.
The Assembly of Fowles. Line 379.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
O little booke, thou art so unconning,
How darst thou put thy-self in prees for drede?
The Flower and the Leaf. Line 59.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Of all the floures in the mede,
Than love I most these floures white and rede,
Soch that men callen daisies in our toun.
Prologue of the Legend of Good Women. Line 41.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
That well by reason men it call may
The daisie, or els the eye of the day,
The emprise, and floure of floures all.
Prologue of the Legend of Good Women. Line 183.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
For iii may keep a counsel if twain be away.
The Ten Commandments of Love.



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