Pope Gregory I


Pope Gregory I (c. 540-604)

“My very dear sons, it is better never to undertake any high enterprise than to abandon it when once begun.”

  • From a letter sent by Pope Gregory I to St. Augustine of Canterbury (c. 596) when the members of the mission to Britain appealed to come home early, included in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People (and relevant letters), translated by Leo Sherley-Pride, R. E. Latham and D. H. Farmer (Penguin Classics, 2003).

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