George Herbert, one of England’s greatest poets, as well as being a priest and the Orator of Cambridge University (something like today’s corporate spokesperson or public affairs director). He also made a collection of a good thousand proverbs. Here is one he seems to have coined himself – you’ll hit higher, the higher you aim.
‘He shoots higher that threatens the moon, than he that aims at a tree.’
Source: George Herbert, A Priest to the Temple or the Country Parson, quoted in John Drury, Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (London: Penguin Books, 2014), p. 231
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