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PHILIP MASSINGER
English dramatic poet
(1583 - 1640)
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The picklock that never fails.
      - [Money]

The soul is strong that trusts in goodness.
      - [Goodness]

Thou art figured blind, and yet we borrow our best sight from thee.
      - [Cupid]

'Tis the only discipline we are born for; all studies else are but as circular lines, and death the center where they all must meet.
      - [Death]

To all married men, be this a caution,
  Which they should duly tender as their life,
    Neither to doat too much, nor doubt a wife.
      - [Husbands]

To doubt is worse than to have lost; and to despair is but to antedate those miseries that must fall on us.
      - [Despair : Doubt]

True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn.
      - [Dignity]

Virtue, thou in rags, may challenge more than vice set off with all the trim of greatness.
      - [Virtue]

Why here's a villain,
  Able to corrupt a thousand by example.
      - [Villainy]

Without good company all dainties
  Lose their true relish, and like painted grapes,
    Are only seen, not tasted.
      - [Company]

You have not, as good patriots should do, studied
  The public good, but your particular ends:
    Factious among yourselves; preferring such
      To offices and honors, as ne'er read
        The elements of saving policy;
          But deeply skill'd in all the principles
            That usher to destruction.
      - [Statesmen]

Yes, if they would thank their maker,
  And seek no further, but they have new creators,
    God tailor and god mercer.
      - A Very Woman (act III, sc. 1, l. 161)
        [Tailors]

Death hath a thousand door to let life out.
  I shall find one.
      - A Very Woman (act V, sc. 4) [Death]

What a fine man
  Hath your tailor made you!
      - City Madam (act I, sc. 2) [Tailors]

Be wise;
  Soar not too high to fall; but stoop to rise.
      - Duke of Milan (act I, sc. 2, l. 45)
        [Wisdom]

And, but herself, admits no parallel.
      - Duke of Milan (act IV, sc. 3) [Character]

As if thou e'er wert angry
  But with thy tailor! and yet that poor shred
    Can bring more to the making up of a man,
      Than can be hoped from thee; thou art his creature;
        And did he not, each morning, new create thee,
          Thou'dst stink and be forgotten.
      - Fatal Dowry (act III, sc. 1) [Tailors]

Giants in
  Their promises, but those obtained, weak pigmies
    In their performance.
      - Great Duke (act II, sc. 3) [Promises]

But in our Sanazarro 'tis not so,
  He being pure and tried gold; and any stamp
    Of grace, to make him current to the world,
      The duke is pleased to give him, will add honour
        To the great bestower; for he, though allow'd
          Companion to his master, still preserves
            His majesty in full lustre.
      - Great Duke of Florence (act I, sc. 1)
        [Man]

Great men,
  Till they have gained their ends, are giants in
    Their promises, but, those obtained, weak pigmies
      In their performance. And it is a maxim
        Allowed among them, so they may deceive,
          They may swear anything; for the queen of love,
            As they hold constantly, does never punish,
              But smile, at lovers' perjuries.
      - Great Duke of Florence (act II, sc. 3)
        [Love]

What a sea
  Of melting ice I walk on!
      - Maid of Honor (act III, sc. 3) [Danger]

What can innocence hope for,
  When such as sit her judges are corrupted!
      - Maid of Honor (act V, sc. 2) [Innocence]

I will now court her in the conqueror's style;
  "Come, see, and overcome."
      - Maid of Honour (act II, sc. 1) [Wooing]

He
  That kills himself to avoid misery, fears it,
    And, at the best, shows but a bastard valour.
      This life's a fort committed to my trust,
        Which I must not yield up, till it be forced:
          Nor will I. He's not valiant that dares die,
            But he that boldly bears calamity.
      - Maid of Honour (act IV, sc. 3)
        [Cowardice : Suicide]

If you like not hanging, drown yourself;
  Take some course for your reputation.
      - New Way to pay Old Debts (act II, sc. 1)
        [Suicide]


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