Quotation by Sir Walter Raleigh

Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.
Sir Walter Raleigh (1552–1618), British author, soldier, explorer. Quoted in History of the Worthies of England, "Devonshire," Thomas Fuller (1662).

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