Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1342-1400)

“When something’s difficult, or can’t be had,
We crave and cry for it all day like mad.
Forbid a thing, we pine for it all night,
Press fast upon is and we take to flight.”

  • From The Canterbury Tales (The Wife of Bath’s Prologue) by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated to modern English by Nevill Coghill (Penguin Classics, 2003).

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