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Geoffrey Chaucer

Portrait of Chaucer from the 17th century.
Born c. 1343
London, England
Died 25 October 1400 (aged 56–57)
Resting place Westminster Abbey, London
Occupation Author,  poet,  philosopher, bureaucrat,  diplomat
Period Late Middle Ages
Spouse Philippa Roet
Children

Elizabeth Chaucer
Thomas Chaucer


He was as fresh as is the month of May.
First he wrought, and afterward he taught.
Time and tide wait for no man.
By nature, men love newfangledness.
Forbid us something, and that thing we desire.
Nowhere so busy a man as he than he, and yet he seemed busier than he was.
Love is blind.
The life so short, the crafts so long to learn.
People can die of mere imagination.
Murder will out, this my conclusion.
And she was fair as is the rose in May.
We know little of the things for which we pray.
There's never a new fashion but it's old.
Whoso will pray, he must fast and be clean, And fat his soul, and make his body lean.
Geoffrey Chaucer
The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.
There's no workman, whatsoever he be, That may both work well and hastily.
Geoffrey Chaucer
Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed.
Geoffrey Chaucer
Filth and old age, I'm sure you will agree, are powerful wardens upon chastity.
Geoffrey Chaucer
The guilty think all talk is of themselves.
He was as fresh as is the month of May.