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79 Famous Quotes by Ben Jonson
6/11/1572 - 8/6/1637
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Cut Men's throats with whisperings.

Slander Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Sejanus (act I, 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.

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

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I think that I shall never see A poem as lovely as a tree. . . . . Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.

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

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Digestive cheese, and fruit there sure will be.

Eating Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Epigram CI

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Yet shall you have to rectify your palate, An olive, capers, or some better salad Ushering the mutton; with a short-legged hen, If we can get her, full of eggs, and then, Limons, and wine for sauce: to these a coney Is not to be despaired of for our money; And though fowl now be scarce, yet there are clerks, The sky not falling, think we may have larks.

Eating Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Epigram CI

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The master of art or giver of wit, Their belly.

Eating Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Poetaster

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The world knows only two, that's Rome and I.

Conceit Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Sejanus (act V, sc. 1)

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Yet the best pilots have need of mariners, besides sails, anchor and other tackle.

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

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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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But I do hate him as I hate the devil.

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

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Hang sorrow, care 'll kill a cat.

Sorrow Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Every Man is his Humour (act I, sc. 3)

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See and to be seen.

Sight Quotes, by Ben Jonson , Source: Epithalamion (st. 3, l. 4)

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The Devil is an ass, I do acknowledge it.

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

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They that know no evil will suspect none.

Evil Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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

Inspirational Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and 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.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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They that know no evil will suspect none.

Death / immortality Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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Apes are apes, though clothed in scarlet.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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He threatens many that hath injured one.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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Sweet swan of Avon!

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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Reader, look / Not on his picture, but his book.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Jonson

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