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Walter Raleigh

Data de nascimento: 1554
Data de falecimento: 29. Outubro 1618

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Sir Walter Raleigh foi um explorador, corsário, espião, escritor e poeta britânico.

Entre 1584 e 1585 fundou, na ilha de Roanoke, o primeiro núcleo de colonização inglesa na América do Norte. Esse núcleo de povoamento, entretanto, desapareceu, possivelmente destruído pelos indígenas.

Posteriormente Raleigh foi aprisionado por Jaime VI da Escócia e I de Inglaterra, vindo a ser decapitado.

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„Take care that thou be not made a fool by flatterers, for even the wisest men are abused by these. Know, therefore, that flatterers are the worst kind of traitors; for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing; but so shadow and paint all thy vices and follies, as thou shalt never, by their will, discern evil from good, or vice from virtue.“

—  Walter Raleigh
Context: Take care that thou be not made a fool by flatterers, for even the wisest men are abused by these. Know, therefore, that flatterers are the worst kind of traitors; for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing; but so shadow and paint all thy vices and follies, as thou shalt never, by their will, discern evil from good, or vice from virtue. And, because all men are apt to flatter themselves, to entertain the additions of other men's praises is most perilous. Do not therefore praise thyself, except thou wilt be counted a vain-glorious fool; neither take delight in the praises of other men, except thou deserve it, and receive it from such as are worthy and honest, and will withal warn thee of thy faults; for flatterers have never any virtue — they are ever base, creeping, cowardly persons. A flatterer is said to be a beast that biteth smiling: it is said by Isaiah in this manner — "My people, they that praise thee, seduce thee, and disorder the paths of thy feet;" and David desired God to cut out the tongue of a flatterer. But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; for as a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend. A flatterer is compared to an ape, who, because she cannot defend the house like a dog, labour as an ox, or bear burdens as a horse, doth therefore yet play tricks and provoke laughter. Thou mayest be sure, that he that will in private tell thee thy faults is thy friend; for he adventures thy mislike, and doth hazard thy hatred; for there are few men that can endure it, every man for the most part delighting in self-praise, which is one of the most universal follies which bewitcheth mankind. Chapter III

„Why dost thou not strike? Strike, man!“

—  Walter Raleigh
To his executioner, as reported in Curiosities of Literature (1835) by Isaac Disraeli, p. 302

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„Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.“

—  Walter Raleigh
According to Thomas Fuller's History of the Worthies of England vol. 1 (1662), p. 4, this was written by Raleigh on a window-pane, prompting Elizabeth I to add "If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all".

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„What dependence can I have on the alleged events of ancient history, when I find such difficulty in ascertaining the truth regarding a matter that has taken place only a few minutes ago, and almost in my own presence!“

—  Walter Raleigh
Upon receiving discrepant accounts from the participants in a recent quarrel below his window. Robert Chambers, Testimony: its Posture in the Scientific World http://books.google.com/books?id=pChcAAAAQAAJ& (1859) p. 12

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„Shall I, like an hermit, dwell
On a rock or in a cell?“

—  Walter Raleigh
Poem reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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