38 Inspirational Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes (Father Of English Literature)
Geoffrey Chaucer (born c. 1340s, London, England – died 25 October 1400, London, England) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, His best-known works are 'The Canterbury Tales' and 'Troilus and Criseyde'. He has been called the "Father of English literature", or, alternatively, the "Father of English Poetry".
The life so brief, the art so long in the learning, the attempt so hard, the conquest so sharp, the fearful joy that ever slips away so quickly - by all this I mean love, which so sorely astounds my feeling with its wondrous operation, that when I think upon it I scarce know whether I wake or sleep.
Then you compared a woman's love to Hell, To barren land where water will not dwell, And you compared it to a quenchless fire, The more it burns the more is its desire To burn up everything that burnt can be. You say that just as worms destroy a tree A wife destroys her husband and contrives, As husbands know, the ruin of their lives.
Purity in body and heart May please some--as for me, I make no boast. For, as you know, no master of a household Has all of his utensils made of gold; Some are wood, and yet they are of use.