Walter Raleigh 1552 – 1618 was born into a landed gentry family, but he was so much more. He was a soldier, writer, poet, politician, spy, courtier and explorer. 
He was one of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era. 
‘Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall’ 
‘Whosoever, in writing a modern history, shall follow truth too near the heels, it may happily strike out his teeth’ 
‘For whosoever command the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself’ 
‘Better were it to be unborn than ill-bred’ 
‘Our passions are most like to floods and streams; 
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb’ 
‘Whoso taketh in hand to frame any state or government ought to presuppose that all men are evil, and at occasions will show themselves so to be’ 
‘No man is wise or safe, but he that is honest’ 
‘The difference between a rich man and a poor man is this – 
The former eats when he pleases, and the latter when he can get it’ 
‘So the heart be right, it is not matter which may the head lies’ 
‘Every fool knoweth that hatreds are the cinders of affection’ 
‘All men are evil and will declare themselves to be so when occasion if offered’ 
‘True love is a durable fire, In the mind ever burning’ 
‘So when thou hast, as I commanded thee, done blabbing – 
Although to give the lie, deserves no less than stabbing – 
Stab at thee he that will, 
No stab the soul can kill’ 
‘There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation, 
The earth, heavens, and whole world is there unto subject’ 
‘The world itself is but a large prison, 
out of which some are daily led to execution’ 
‘Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds’ 
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