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Geoffrey Chaucer
(c. 1343 - 24 Oct 1400)

English poet who is called the father of English Literature, and best known for his Canterbury Tales.

Science Quotes by Geoffrey Chaucer (9 quotes)

And therefore, sir, as you desire to live,
A day or two before your laxative,
Take just three worms, nor under nor above,
Because the gods unequal numbers love.
These digestives prepare you for your purge,
Of fumetery, centaury, and spurge;
And of ground-ivy add a leaf or two.
All which within our yard or garden grow.
Eat these, and be, my lord, of better cheer:
Your father’s son was never born to fear.
— Geoffrey Chaucer
Science quotes on:  |  Digestion (21)  |  Fear (82)  |  Garden (19)  |  Ivy (2)  |  Medicine (255)  |  Purge (6)  |  Worm (18)

For out of old feldes, as men seith,
Cometh al this newe corn fro yere to yere;
And out of olde bokes, in good feith,
Cometh al this newe science that men lere.
— Geoffrey Chaucer
Science quotes on:  |  Corn (9)  |  Field (102)  |  Science And Education (8)

For oute of olde feldys, as men sey,
Comyth al this newe corn from yer to yere;
And out of olde bokis, in good fey,
Comyth al this newe science that men lere.
— Geoffrey Chaucer
'The Parlement of Foules<'. In Geoffrey Chaucer and Henry Noble MacCracken (Ed.),The College Chaucer (1913), 465.
Science quotes on:  |  Science (1323)

How lavish nature has adorn’d the year
How the pale primrose and blue violet spring,
And birds essay their throats disus’d to sing.
— Geoffrey Chaucer
Science quotes on:  |  Blue (23)  |  Ornithology (9)  |  Sing (6)  |  Throat (7)  |  Violet (3)

I wol yow telle, as was me taught also,
The foure spirites and the bodies sevene,
By ordre, as ofte I herde my lord hem nevene.
The firste spirit quiksilver called is,
The second orpiment, the thridde, ywis,
Sal armoniak, and the firthe brimstoon.
The bodies sevene eek, lo! hem heer anoon:
Sol gold is, and Luna silver we threpe,
Mars yron, Mercurie quiksilver we clepe,
Saturnus leed, and Jupiter is tin,
And Venus coper, by my fader kin!
— Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canon's Yeoman's Tale, lines 819-29. In Larry D. Benson (ed.), The Riverside Chaucer (1988), 273.
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Many small make a great.
— Geoffrey Chaucer
Quoting a proverb, in The Canterbury Tales (1860), 215.
Science quotes on:  |  Great (158)  |  Small (63)

Well loved he garlic, onions, and eke leeks,
And for to drinken strong wine, red as blood.
— Geoffrey Chaucer
Science quotes on:  |  Blood (82)  |  Diet (35)  |  Drink (24)  |  Food (119)  |  Garlic (3)  |  Love (115)  |  Onion (4)  |  Red (22)  |  Wine (21)

With us ther was a DOCTOUR OF PHISIK;
In al the world ne was ther noon hym lik,
To speak of phisik and of surgerye,
For he was grounded in astronomye.
He kepte his pacient a fuI greet deel
In houres by his magyk natureel.
Wel koude he fortunen the ascendent
Of his ymages for his pacient.
He knew the cause of everich maladye,
Were it of hoot, or cooled, or moyste, or drye,
And where they engendred, and of what humour.
— Geoffrey Chaucer
Fragment I, General Prologue. In Larry D. Benson (ed.), The Riverside Chaucer (1988), 30.
Science quotes on:  |  Doctor (75)

Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
With-inne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem; and yet they spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do.
— Geoffrey Chaucer
Science quotes on:  |  Change (228)  |  Linguistics (17)  |  Speak (27)  |  Speech (36)  |  Word (180)

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