Robert Herrick Quotes

Who was Robert Herrick?

Robert Herrick was a 17th-century English lyric poet and cleric. He is best known for the carpe diem poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time", with the first line "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may". This was quoted by Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society.

Born August 24, 1591
Died October 15, 1674
Aged 83 years old

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Best Quotes by Robert Herrick

“Who covets more is evermore a slave.”

Hesperides Quotes

“If little labour, little are our gains:
Man's fortunes are according to his pains.”


To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Quotes

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.”

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

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