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JOHN FORD
English dramatist
(1586 - 1640)

Affections injured by tyranny, or rigor of compulsion, like tempest-threatened trees, unfirmly rooted, never spring to timely growth.
      - [Affection]

Delay in vengeance gives a heavier blow.
      - [Vengeance]

He is a noble gentleman; withal
  Happy in 's endeavours: the gen'ral voice
    Sounds him for courtesy, behavior, language,
      And ev'ry fair demeanour, an example:
        Titles of honour add not to his worth;
          Who is himself an honour to his title.
      - [Gentlemen]

Her words are trusty heralds to her mind.
      - [Sincerity]

Let them fear bondage who are slaves to fear; the sweetest freedom is an honest heart.
      - [Imprisonment]

Oh, happy kings,
  Whose thrones are raised in their subjects' hearts.
      - [Kings]

Physicians are the cobblers, rather the botchers, of men's bodies; as the one patches our tattered clothes, so the other solders our diseased flesh.
      - [Physicians]

There is a place in a black and hollow vault,
  Where day is never seen; there shines no sun,
    But flaming horror of consuming fires;
      A lightless sulphur, chok'd with smoky fogs
        Of an infected darkness; in this place
          Dwell many thousand thousand sundry sorts
            Of never dying deaths; there damn'd souls
              Roar without pity; there are gluttons fed
                With toads and adders; there is burning oil
                  Pour'd down the drunkard's throat; the usurer
                    Is forc'd to sup whole draughts of molten gold;
                      There is the murderer forever stabb'd,
                        Yet can he never die; there lies the wanton
                          On racks of burning steel, while in his soul
                            He feels the torment of his raging lust;
                              There stand those wretched things,
                                Who have dream'd out whole years in lawless sheets,
                                  And secret incests, cursing one another.
      - [Hell]

The joys of marriage are the heaven on earth,
  Life's paradise, great princess, the soul's quiet,
    Sinews of concord, earthly immortality,
      Eternity of pleasures.
      - The Broken Heart (act II, sc. 2, l. 102)
        [Matrimony]

Sister, look ye,
  How, by a new creation of my tailor's
    I've shook off old mortality.
      - The Fancies Chaste and Noble
         (act I, sc. 3) [Tailors]

A bachelor
  May thrive by observation on a little,
    A single life's no burthen: but to draw
      In yokes is chargeable, and will require
        A double maintenance.
      - The Fancies Chaste and Noble
         (act I, sc. 3, l. 82) [Matrimony]

Titles of honour add not to his worth,
  Who is himself an honour of his titles.
      - The Lady's Trial (act I, sc. 3, l. 30)
        [Honor : Titles]

Diamonds cut diamonds.
      - The Lover's Melancholy (act I, sc. 3)
        [Proverbial Phrases]

Tell us, pray, what devil
  This melancholy is, which can transform
    Men into monsters.
      - The Lover's Melancholy
         (act III, sc. 1, l. 107) [Melancholy]

Melancholy
  Is not, as you conceive, indisposition
    Of body, but the mind's disease.
      - The Lover's Melancholy
         (act III, sc. 1, l. 111) [Melancholy]

Love is the tyrant of the heart; it darkens
  Reason, confounds discretion; deaf to Counsel
    It runs a headlong course to desperate madness.
      - The Lover's Melancholy
         (act iii, sc. 3, l. 105) [Love]


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