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Walter Raleigh

Data di nascita: 1554
Data di morte: 29. Ottobre 1618

Sir Walter Raleigh è stato un navigatore, corsaro e poeta inglese.

Favorito di Elisabetta I, al suo servizio scoprì le coste dell'America settentrionale nel 1584 . Salito al trono Giacomo I, cadde in disgrazia e infine fu decapitato. Fu una delle personalità maggiori dell'epoca elisabettiana e il principale iniziatore dell'espansione coloniale inglese. Wikipedia

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Frasi Walter Raleigh

„Vorrei salire, eppure ho paura di cadere.“

—  Walter Raleigh

da Historie of the World

„There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation.“

—  Walter Raleigh

Origine: The Cabinet Council (published 1658), Chapter 24

„Better were it to be unborn than ill-bred.“

—  Walter Raleigh

Origine: Instructions to his Son and to Posterity (published 1632), Chapter II

„What dependence can I have on the alleged events of ancient history, when I find such difficulty in ascertaining the truth regarding a matter that has taken place only a few minutes ago, and almost in my own presence!“

—  Walter Raleigh

Upon receiving discrepant accounts from the participants in a recent quarrel below his window.
Robert Chambers, Testimony: its Posture in the Scientific World http://books.google.com/books?id=pChcAAAAQAAJ& (1859) p. 12
Attributed

„Take care that thou be not made a fool by flatterers, for even the wisest men are abused by these. Know, therefore, that flatterers are the worst kind of traitors; for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing; but so shadow and paint all thy vices and follies, as thou shalt never, by their will, discern evil from good, or vice from virtue.“

—  Walter Raleigh

Origine: Instructions to his Son and to Posterity (published 1632), Chapter III
Contesto: Take care that thou be not made a fool by flatterers, for even the wisest men are abused by these. Know, therefore, that flatterers are the worst kind of traitors; for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing; but so shadow and paint all thy vices and follies, as thou shalt never, by their will, discern evil from good, or vice from virtue. And, because all men are apt to flatter themselves, to entertain the additions of other men's praises is most perilous. Do not therefore praise thyself, except thou wilt be counted a vain-glorious fool; neither take delight in the praises of other men, except thou deserve it, and receive it from such as are worthy and honest, and will withal warn thee of thy faults; for flatterers have never any virtue — they are ever base, creeping, cowardly persons. A flatterer is said to be a beast that biteth smiling: it is said by Isaiah in this manner — "My people, they that praise thee, seduce thee, and disorder the paths of thy feet;" and David desired God to cut out the tongue of a flatterer.
But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; for as a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend. A flatterer is compared to an ape, who, because she cannot defend the house like a dog, labour as an ox, or bear burdens as a horse, doth therefore yet play tricks and provoke laughter. Thou mayest be sure, that he that will in private tell thee thy faults is thy friend; for he adventures thy mislike, and doth hazard thy hatred; for there are few men that can endure it, every man for the most part delighting in self-praise, which is one of the most universal follies which bewitcheth mankind.

„Our passions are most like to floods and streams;
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.“

—  Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh to the Queen (published 1655); alternately reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919) as:
"Passions are likened best to floods and streams:
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb"
and titled The Silent Lover. Compare: "Altissima quæque flumina minimo sono labi", (translated: "The deepest rivers flow with the least sound"), Q. Curtius, vii. 4. 13. "Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep", William Shakespeare, 2 Henry VI. act iii. sc. i.

„No man is esteemed for gay garments but by fools and women.“

—  Walter Raleigh

Origine: Instructions to his Son and to Posterity (published 1632), Chapter VII

„Why dost thou not strike? Strike, man!“

—  Walter Raleigh

To his executioner, as reported in Curiosities of Literature (1835) by Isaac Disraeli, p. 302
Attributed

„Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.“

—  Walter Raleigh

Poem written in a glass window obvious to the Queen's eye, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). "Her Majesty, either espying or being shown it, did under-write, 'If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all'", Thomas Fuller, Worthies of England, vol. i. p. 419.

„Shall I, like an hermit, dwell
On a rock or in a cell?“

—  Walter Raleigh

Poem reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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