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George Villiers, 2. Duke of Buckingham

Geburtstag: 30. Januar 1628
Todesdatum: 16. April 1687

George Villiers, 2. Duke of Buckingham KG war ein englischer Diplomat und Staatsmann ab Mitte des 17. Jahrhunderts. Dieser entstammte dem englischen Familienzweig des ursprünglich französischen Geschlechts De Villiers. Er war Günstling, leitender Minister und der einflussreichste Mann in England unter der Regierung von König Karl II.

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„The world's a wood, in which all lose their way,
Though by a different path each goes astray.“

—  George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

"A Satyr upon the Follies of the Men of the Age", line 109; cited from The Works of His Grace, George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham (London: T. Evans, 1770) vol. 2, p. 156

„She must be that which she to the world would seem,
For all true love is grounded on esteem:
Plainness and truth gain more a generous heart
Than all the crooked subtleties of art.“

—  George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

"To His Mistress", cited from The Works of His Grace, George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham (London: T. Evans, 1770) vol. 2, p. 138.
Kontext: She that would raise a noble love must find
Ways to beget a passion for her mind;
She must be that which she to the world would seem,
For all true love is grounded on esteem:
Plainness and truth gain more a generous heart
Than all the crooked subtleties of art.

„There are few have Dana's fortune, to have God and gold togather.“

—  George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

Often misquoted as "How few, like Daniel, have God and gold together".
Quelle: Commonplace book, P. 221

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„Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.“

—  George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby "An Essay on Poetry", line 2; cited from The Poetical Works of the Most Noble John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham (Edinburg [sic]: Apollo Press, 1780) p. 281.
Misattributed in Temple Bar (February 1863) p. 377, and by Giga Quotes http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_villiers_a001.htm.
Misattributed

„Make my breast
Transparent as pure crystal, that the world,
Jealous of me, may see the foulest thought
My heart holds.“

—  George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

Beaumont and Fletcher Philaster, Act III, sc. ii, line 144.
These lines are used almost unaltered ("holds" becoming "does hold") in Act III, sc. ii of Buckingham's The Restauration, an adaptation of Philaster. They appear with an attribution to Buckingham in many 19th century collections of quotations, e.g. Henry George Bohn A Dictionary of Quotations from the English Poets (1867) p. 63, and hence also on several quotation websites.
Misattributed

„The world is made up, for the most part, of fools and knaves, both irreconcileable foes to truth.“

—  George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

"Letter to Mr. Clifford, on his Human Reason"; cited from The Works of His Grace, George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham (London: T. Evans, 1770) vol. 2, p. 105.
Variant (modernized spelling): The world is made up, for the most part, of fools and knaves, both irreconcilable foes to truth.

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