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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

Sir Philip Sidney 1554-1586 John Bartlett

    Sweet food of sweetly uttered knowledge.
          Defence of Poesy.
    He cometh unto you with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney-corner.
          Defence of Poesy.
    I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglas that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet.
          Defence of Poesy.
    High-erected thoughts seated in the heart of courtesy. 1
          Defence of Poesy.
    They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. 2
          Defence of Poesy.
    Many-headed multitude. 3
          Defence of Poesy. Book ii.
    My dear, my better half.
          Defence of Poesy. Book iii.
    Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write. 4
          Astrophel and Stella, i.
    Have I caught my heav’nly jewel. 5
          Astrophel and Stella, i. Second Song.
Note 1.
Great thoughts come from the heart.—Vauvenargues (Marquis of): Maxim cxxvii. [back]
Note 2.
He never is alone that is accompanied with noble thoughts.—John Fletcher: Love’s Cure, act iii. sc. 3. [back]
Note 3.
Many-headed multitude.—William Shakespeare: Coriolanus, act ii. sc. 3.

This many-headed monster, Multitude.—Daniel: History of the Civil War, book ii. st. 13. [back]
Note 4.
Look, then, into thine heart and write.—Henry W. Longfellow: Voices of the Night. Prelude. [back]
Note 5.
Quoted by Shakespeare in Merry Wives of Windsor. [back]