Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1342-1400)
“I hope the company won’t reprove me
Though I should speak as fantasy may move me,
And please don’t be offended at my views;
They’re really only offered to amuse.”
- From The Canterbury Tales (The Wife of Bath’s Tale) by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated to modern English by Nevill Coghill (Penguin Classics, 2003).