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FRANCIS BEAUMONT AND JOHN FLETCHER
English dramatists
(1586 - 1616 / 1579 - 1625)
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There is no jesting with edge tools.
      - [Proverbs]

There is no man but may make his paradise.
      - [Happiness]

There's a method in man's wickedness; it grows up by degrees.
      - [Wickedness]

'Tis godlike to have power, but not to kill.
      - [Proverbs]

We want a boy extremely for this function.
      - [Golf]

What is danger
  More than the weakness of our apprehensions?
    A poor cold part o' th' blood; who takes it hold of?
      Cowards and wicked livers: valiant minds
        Were made the masters of it.
      - [Danger]

Woman, they say, was only made of man;
  Methinks 'tis strange they should be so unlike!
    It may be all the best was cut away,
      To make the woman, and the naught was left
        Behind with him.
      - [Women]

It shew'd discretion, the best part of valor.
      - A King and No King (act IV, sc. 3)
        [Discretion]

But is there nothing else,
  That we may do but only walk? Methinks
    Brothers and sisters lawfully may kiss.
      - A King and No King (act IV, sc. 4)
        [Kisses]

He shall have chariots easier than air,
  That I will have invented; . . . And thyself,
    That art the messenger, shalt ride before him
      On a horse cut out of an entire diamond.
        That shall be made to go with golden wheels,
          I know not how yet.
      - A King and No King (act V) [Wonder]

There is a method in man's wickedness,
  It grows up by degrees.
      - A King and No King (act V, sc. 4)
        [Wickedness]

We are all souldiers, and all venture lives;
  And where there is no difference in men's worths,
    Titles are all jests.
      - A King, and No King (act 1, sc. 1)
        [Titles]

A civil habit
  Oft covers a good man.
      - Beggar's Bush (act II, sc. 3, l. 210)
        [Habit]

Three merry boys, and three merry boys,
  And three merry boys are we,
    As ever did sing in a hempen string
      Under the gallow-tree.
      - Bloody Brother (act III, sc. 2, song)
        [Singing]

And he that will to bed go sober,
  Falls with the leaf still in October.
      - Bloody Brother--Song (act II, sc. 2)
        [Temperance]

Discretion
  And hardy valor are the twins of honor,
    And nurs'd together, make a conqueror;
      Divided, but a talker.
      - Bonduca [Discretion]

Sing a song of sixpence.
      - Bonduca (act V, sc. 2) [Songs]

What mare's nest hast thou found?
      - Bonduca (IV, 2) [Proverbs]

Oh, woman, perfect woman! what distraction
  Was meant to mankind when thou wast made a devil!
    What an inviting hell invented.
      - Comedy of Monsieur Thomas (act III, sc. 1)
        [Women]

I care not twopence.
      - Coxcomb (act V, sc. I) [Worth]

As cold as cucumbers.
      - Cupid's Revenge (act I, sc. 1)
        [Proverbial Phrases]

There is an hour in each man's life appointed
  To make his happiness, if then he seize it.
      - Custom of the Country
         (act II, sc. 3, l. 85) [Opportunity]

'Twas when young Eustace wore his heart in's breeches.
      - Elder Brother (act V) [Tailors]

Silken rest
  Tie all thy cares up!
      - Four Plays in One (sc. 4, Triumph of Love)
        [Rest]

Calamity is man's true touch-stone.
      - Four Plays in One--The Triumph of Honour
         (sc. 1, l. 67) [Misfortune]


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