To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.

— Ben Jonson

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A lily of a day Is fairer far in May, Although it fall and die that night, It was the plant and flower of light. In small proportions we just beauties see, And in short measures life may perfect be.

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Honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.

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True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.

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The poet is the nearest borderer upon the orator.

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The voice so sweet, the words so fair, As some soft chime had stroked the air;

And though the sound had parted thence, Still left an echo in the sense.

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A good man will avoid the spot of any sin.

The very aspersion is grievous, which makes him choose his way in his life, as he would in his journey.

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Princes that would their people should do well Must at themselves begin, as at the head; For men, by their example, pattern out Their limitations, and regard of laws: A virtuous court a world to virtue draws.

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Memory, of all the powers of the mind, is the most delicate and frail.

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The pipe marks the point at which the orangutan ends and man begins.

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He who is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

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Blueness doth express trueness.

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Calumnies are answered best with silence.

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About Ben Jonson

Quotes 206 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

Great honours are great burdens, but on whom They are cast with envy, he doth bear two loads.

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Chance will not do the work. Chance sends the breeze; But if the pilot slumber at the helm, The very wind that wafts us tow'rds the port May dash us on the shoals. The steersman's part Is vigilance, or blow it rough or smooth.

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Give me a look, give me a face, That makes simplicity a grace Robes loosely flowing, hair as free Such sweet neglect more taketh me Than all the adulteries of art: They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.

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Get money, still get money, boy, no matter by what means.

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He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity

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A prince without letters is a Pilot without eyes. All his government is groping.

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Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant; and of all tame a flatterer.

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You learn nothing about someone by the way they win the fight, you learn everything about the way they lose and keep coming back.

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If I freely may discover What should please me in my lover, I would have her fair and witty, Savouring more of court than city; A little proud, but full of pity; Light and humorous in her toying, Oft building hopes, and soon destroying, Long, but sweet in the enjoying; Neither too easy nor to hard; All extremes I would have barr'd.

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They that know no evil will suspect none.

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If men will impartially, and not asquint, look toward the offices and function of a poet, they will easily conclude to themselves the impossibility of any man's being a good poet without first being a good man.

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Queen and huntress, chaste and fair Now the sun is laid to sleep, Seated in thy silver chair, State in wonted manner keep: Hesperus entreats thy light Goddess, excellently bright.

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He threatens many that hath injured one.

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The Devil is an Ass , I do acknowledge it.

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We are persons of quality, I assure you, and women of fashion, and come to see and to be seen.

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Weigh the meaning and look not at the words.

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No man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

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If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick

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It is less dishonor to hear imperfectly than to speak imperfectly.

The ears are excused; the understanding is not.

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Court a mistress, she denies you; let her alone, she will court you.

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My thoughts and I were of another world.

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Blueness does express trueness.

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Tis not the wholesome sharp mortality, Or modest anger of a satiric spirit, That hurts or wounds the body of a state, But the sinister application Of the malicious, ignorant, and base Interpreter; who will distort and strain The general scope and purpose of an author To his particular and private spleen.

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Who will not judge him worthy to be robbed That sets his doors wide open to a thief, And shows the felon where his treasure lies?

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To struggle when hope is banished! To live when life's salt is gone! To dwell in a dream that's vanished- To endure, and go calmly on!

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All concord's born of contraries.

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Drink today, and drown all sorrow; You shall perhaps not do it tomorrow; Best, while you have it, use your breath; There is no drinking after death.

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You are not now to think what's best to do, As in beginnings, but what must be done, Being thus enter'd; and slip no advantage That may secure you. Let them call it mischief; When it is past, and prosper'd , 'twill be virtue.

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I remember, the players have often mentioned it as an honour to Shakespeare, that in his writing (whatsoever he penned) he never plotted out a line. My answer hath been, would he had blotted a thousand.

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In the hope to meet Shortly again, and make our absence sweet.

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Folly often goes beyond her bounds, but impudence knows none.

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Let argument bear no unmusical sound.

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Forbear, you things That stand upon the pinnacles of state, To boast your slippery height! when you do fall, You dash yourselves in pieces, ne'er to rise: And he that lends you pity, is not wise.

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Well, I will scourge those apes, And to these courteous eyes oppose a mirror, As large as is the stage whereon we act; Where they shall see the time's deformity Anatomised in every nerve, and sinew, With constant courage, and contempt of fear.

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[The play] is like to be a very conceited scurvy one, in plain English.

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A good dog deserves a good bone.

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Tis no sin love's fruits to steal; But the sweet thefts to reveal; To be taken, to be seen, These have crimes accounted been.

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