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79 Famous Quotes by Ben Jonson
6/11/1572 - 8/6/1637
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Still to be neat, still to be drest, As you were going to a feast, Still to be powder'd, all perfum'd. Lady, it is to be presumed, Though art's hid causes are not found, All is not sweet, all is not sound.

Apparel Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Epicaene; or, The Silent Woman (act I, sc. 1, song)

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Apes are apes though clothed in scarlet.

Apparel Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Poetaster (act 5, sc. 3)

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And I had lent my watch last night to one That dines to-day at the sheriff's.

Jewels Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Alchemist (act I, sc. 1)

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It strikes! one, two, Three, four, five, six. Enough, enough, dear watch, Thy pulse hath beat enough. Now sleep and rest; Would thou could'st make the time to do so too; I'll wind thee up no more.

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

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I do honour the very flea of his dog.

Fleas Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man in his Humour (act IV, sc. 4)

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Small Latin, and less Greek.

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

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All concord's born of contraries.

Variety Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Cynthia's Revels (act V, sc. 2)

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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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Sweet meat must have sour sauce.

Sweetness Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Poetaster (act III, 3)

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Poor worms, they hiss at me, whilst I at home Can be contented to applaud myself, . . . with joy To see how plump my bags are and my barns.

Wealth Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man Out of His Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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For he that once is good, is ever great.

Greatness Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: The Forest--To Lady Aubigny

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The burnt child dreads the fire.

Fire Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: The Devil is an Ass (act I, sc. 2)

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And so to tread As if the wind, not she, did walk; Nor prest a flower, nor bow'd a stalk.

Footsteps Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Masques--The Vision of Delight

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Her treading would not bend a blade of grass, Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk!

Footsteps Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: The Sad Shepherd

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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.

Royalty Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Cynthia's Revels (act V, sc. 3)

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

Royalty Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Discoveries--Illiteratus Princeps

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They say Princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a Prince as soon as his groom.

Royalty Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Discoveries--Illiteratus Princeps

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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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Pleasure the servant, Virtue looking on.

Pleasure Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue

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Art hath an enemy called ignorance.

Art Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man Out of his Humour (act I, sc. 1)

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Laugh, and be fat, sir, your penance is known. They that love mirth, let them heartily drink, 'Tis the only receipt to make sorrow sink.

Laughter Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Entertainments--The Penates

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The gods Grow angry with your patience. 'Tis their care, And must be yours, that guilty men escape not: As crimes do grow, justice should rouse itself.

Guilt Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Catiline (act III, sc. 5)

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Bad men excuse their faults, good men will leave them.

Faults Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Catiline (act III, sc. 2)

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If he were To be made honest by an act of parliament I should not alter in my faith of him.

Faith Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: The Devil Is an Ass (act IV, sc. 1)

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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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