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79 Famous Quotes by Ben Jonson
6/11/1572 - 8/6/1637
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I am grieved that it should be said he is my brother, and take these courses. Well, as he brews, so shall he drink, for George again. Yet he shall hear on't, and tightly, too, an' I live, i'faith.

Brothers Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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A brute without a single redeeming point.

Proverbs Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man in his Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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A woman is most merciless when shame goads on her hate.

Proverbs Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man in his Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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He was not of an age, but for all time! And all the Muses still were in their prime, When, like Apollo, he came forth to warm Our ears, or like a Mercury to charm!

Shakespeare Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Lines to the Memory of Shakespeare

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O what is it proud slime will not believe Of his own worth, to hear it equal praised Thus with the gods?

Power Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Sejanus (act I)

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

Absence Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Underwoods--Miscellaneous Poems (LIX)

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A countenance inconceivably forbidding.

Proverbs Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man in his Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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--They write here one Cornelius--Son Hath made the Hollanders an invisible eel To swim the haven at Dunkirk, and sink all The shipping there. --But how is't done? --I'll show you, sir. It is automa, runs under water With a snug nose, and has a nimble tail Made like an auger, with which tail she wriggles Betwixt the costs of a ship and sinks it straight.

Navigation Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Staple of News (act III, sc. 1)

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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.

Voice Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Eupheme (IV)

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For a good poet's made, as well as born, And such wast thou! Look how the father's face Lives in his issue; even so the race Of Shakespeare's mind and manner brightly shine In his well-turned and true-filed lines; In each of which he seems to shake a lance, As brandished at the eyes of ignorance.

Shakespeare Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Lines to the Memory of Shakespeare

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The thirst that from the soul doth rise, Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove's nectar sup, I would not change for thine.

Toasts Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: The Forest--To Celia

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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.

Shakespeare Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Discoveries--De Shakespeare nostrat

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Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup, And I'll not look for wine.

Toasts Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: The Forest--Song to Celia

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Small Latin, and less Greek.

Linguists Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: To the Memory of Shakespeare

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Where it concerns himself, Who's angry at a slander, makes it true.

Slander Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Catiline (act III, sc. 1)

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It is not growing like a tree In bulk, doth make man better be; Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere: A lily of a day Is fairer far in May, Although it falls and die that night-- It was the plant and flower of Light.

Growth Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Pindaric Ode on the Death of Sir H. Morison

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So wise, so grave, of so perplex'd a tongue, And loud withal, that would not wag, not scarce Lie still without a fee.

Judges Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Volpone (act I, sc. 1)

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Great honours are great burdens, but on whom They are cast with envy, he doth bear two loads. His cares must still be double to his joys, In any dignity.

Honor Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Catiline--His Conspiracy (act III, sc. 1, l. 1)

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Where it concerns himself, Who's angry at a slander, makes it true.

Proverbs Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Catiline (act III, sc. 1)

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It will never come out of the flesh that's bred in the bone.

Proverbs Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man in his Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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Frugality is the mother of all virtues.

Proverbs Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man in his Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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A pauper traveller will sing before a beggar.

Proverbs Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man in his Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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A third Cato has dropped from the skies.

Proverbs Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man in his Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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A third heir seldom profits by ill-gotten wealth.

Proverbs Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man in his Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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This figure that thou here seest put, It was for gentle Shakespeare cut, Wherein the graver had a strife With Nature, to outdo the life: Oh, could he but have drawn his wit As well in brass, as he has hit His face, the print would then surpass All that was ever writ in brass; But since he cannot, reader, look Not on his picture, but his book.

Shakespeare Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Lines on a Picture of Shakespeare

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