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    Heaven prepares good men with crosses; but no ill can happen to a good man.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: men  heaven 
     
    Nor shall our cups make any guilty men;But at our parting, we will be, as whenWe innocently met.
    — Ben Jonson
    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.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: fear  time  eyes  courage 
     
    Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant; and of all tame a flatterer.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: wild 
     
    Confound these ancestors... They've stolen our best ideas!
    — Ben Jonson
    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.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: men  master  wise  fools 
     
    Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.
    — Ben Jonson
    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.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: men  poet 
     
    If I freely may discoverWhat 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.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: humorous  hope  extreme 
     
    Thy praise or dispraise is to me alike; One doth not stroke me, nor the other strike.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: praise 
     
    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.
    — Ben Jonson
    The dignity of truth is lost with much protesting.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: truth  lost  dignity 
     
    He who is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: master  fools 
     
    Great honours are great burdens, but on whom They are cast with envy, he doth bear two loads.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: envy 
     
    Ambition, like a torrent, never looks back.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: ambition 
     
    Memory, of all the powers of the mind, is the most delicate and frail.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: power  memory  mind 
     
    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.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: eyes  kiss 
     
    Calumnies are answered best with silence.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: silence 
     
    There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: fear  hell 
     
    True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.
    — Ben Jonson
    To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: men  wise  fools 
     
    It is less dishonor to hear imperfectly than to speak imperfectly. The ears are excused; the understanding is not.
    — Ben Jonson
    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 portMay dash us on the shoals. The steersman's partIs vigilance, or blow it rough or smooth.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: chance  work 
     
    It is virtue that gives glory; that will endenizen a man everywhere.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: men  virtue 
     
    They that know no evil will suspect none.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: evil 
     
    It is the highest of earthly honors to be descended from the great and good. They alone cry out against a noble ancestry who have none of their own.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: alone  noble  honor 
     
    Get money, still get money, boy, no matter by what means.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: boys  money 
     
    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.
    — Ben Jonson
    Minds that are great and free, should not on fortune pause: 'Tis crown enough to virtue still, her own applause.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: virtue  mind 
     
    For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such, As what he loves may never like too much.
    — Ben Jonson
    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.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: sleep 
     
    Who falls for love of God, shall rise a star.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: star  god 
     
    Man and wife make one fool.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: men  wife  fools 
     
    ... the best pilots have need of mariners, besides sails, anchor and other tackle.
    — Ben Jonson
    Let them call it mischief; when it is past and prospered, it will be virtue.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: past  virtue 
     
    All discourses but my own afflict me; they seem harsh, impertinent, and irksome
    — Ben Jonson
    I am now past the craggy paths of study, and come to the flowery plains of honor and reputation.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: past  path  honor 
     
    Honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: time  honor 
     
    A good dog deserves a good bone.
    — Ben Jonson
    tags: dog 
     
    Blueness doth express trueness.
    — Ben Jonson
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    ben jonson
    Birth    : June 11, 1572
    Death  : August 6, 1637
    Occupation  : Playwright