King Alfred the Great


King Alfred the Great (King of Wessex, r. 871-899)

“Wisdom, humility, caution, moderation, justice, mercy, discretion, constancy, benevolence, chastity and temperance. With these anchors you should fix in God the cable so that it will hold the ship of your mind.”

  • From Alfred the Great’s loose and expanded Old English translation of St. Augustine’s Soliloquies, translated to modern English by Simon Keynes and Michael Lapidge (Penguin Classics, 2004).

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