Matthew Prior

Diplomat, Author

1664 – 1721


Who was Matthew Prior?

Matthew Prior was an English poet and diplomat.

Famous Quotes:

  • Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.
  • Who walks the fastest, but walks astray, is only furthest from his way.
  • Be to their virtue very kind; be to their faults a little blind.
  • And 'tis remarkable that they talk most who have the least to say.
  • Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.
  • Odds life! must one swear to the truth of a song?
  • Hopes are but the dreams of those that wake.
  • They talk most who have the least to say.
  • Forbear to mention what thou canst not praise.
  • In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.


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Jul 21, 1664
  • England
  • United Kingdom
  • Westminster School
Lived in
  • Wimborne Minster
Sep 18, 1721
Resting place
Westminster Abbey

on July 23, 2013