Philip Sidney biography

Philip Sidney


1554 – 1586


Who was Philip Sidney?

Sir Philip Sidney was an English poet, courtier, and soldier, who is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the Elizabethan age. His works include Astrophel and Stella, The Defence of Poesy, and The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia.

Famous Quotes:

  • It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy.
  • With a tale, for sooth, he comet unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.
  • It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.
  • All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.
  • To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
  • Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude.
  • Open suspecting of others comes of secretly condemning ourselves.
  • The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.
  • Fearfulness, contrary to all other vices, maketh a man think the better of another, the worse of himself.
  • Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.


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Nov 30, 1554
Penshurst Place
Also known as
  • Sir Philip Sidney
  • Sir Philip Sydney
  • England
  • Shrewsbury School
  • Christ Church, Oxford
  • University of Oxford
Lived in
  • Penshurst
Oct 17, 1586
Resting place
Old St Paul's Cathedral

on July 23, 2013

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