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English poet and dramatist
(1573? - 1637)
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A good king is a public servant.
      - [Kings]

A good man will avoid the spot of any sin. The very aspersion is grievous, which makes him choose his way in his life, as he would in his journey.
      - [Goodness]

A tedious person is one a man would leap a steeple from.
      - [Bores]

A thankful man owes a courtesy ever; the unthankful but when he needs it.
      - [Gratitude]

A woman, the more curious she is about her face, is commonly the more careless about her house.
      - [Beauty]

About the noon of night.
      - [Midnight]

Affliction teacheth a wicked person some time to pray; prosperity, never.
      - [Prayer]

All discourses but my own afflict me; they seem harsh, impertinent, and irksome.
      - [Talk]

All the gazers on the skies read not in fair heaven's story expresser truth or truer glory than they might in her bright eyes.
      - [Eyes]

Ambition is a rebel both to the soul and reason, and enforces all laws, all conscience; treads upon religion, and offers violence to nature's self.
      - [Ambition]

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
      - [Ambition]

Ambition, like a torrent, never looks back.
      - [Ambition]

Art thou a man, and shams't thou not to beg,
  To practice such a servile kind of life?
    Why, were thy education ne'er so mean,
      Having thy limbs, a thousand fairer courses
        Offer themselves to thy election.
          Either the wars might still supply thy wants,
            Or service of some virtuous gentleman,
              Or honest labour; nay, what can I name
                But would become thee better than to beg?
                  But men of thy condition feed on sloth,
                    As doth the beetle on the dung she breeds in;
                      Not caring how the metal of your minds
                        Is eaten with the rust of idleness.
                          Now, after me, what e'er he be, that should
                            Believe a person of thy quality,
                              While thou insist in this loose desp'rate course,
                                I would esteem the sin not thine, but his.
      - [Beggars]

As he brews, so shall he drink.
      - [Consequences]

As if the wind, not she, did walk,
  Nor pressed a flower, nor bowed a stalk.
      - [Feet]

As it is a great point of art, when our matter requires it, to enlarge and veer out all sail, so to take it in and contract it is of no less praise when the argument doth ask it.
      - [Style]

Books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when they are opened again, will again impart their instruction.
      - [Books]

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 port
      May dash us on the shoals. The steersman's part
        Is vigilance, or blow it rough or smooth.
      - [Vigilance]

Court a mistress, she denies you; let her alone, she will court you.
      - [Frailty]

Cut men's throats with whisperings.
      - [Slander]

Each petty hand
  Can steer a ship becalm'd; but he that will
    Govern and carry her to her ends, must know
      His tides, his currents, how to shift his sails;
        What she will bear in foul, what in fair weathers;
          Where her springs are, her leaks, and how to stop 'em;
            What strands, what shelves, what rocks do threaten her.
      - [Government]

Envy sets the stronger seal on desert; if he have no enemies, I should esteem his fortune most wretched.
      - [Envy]

Famine ends famine.
      - [Famine]

Fear to do base, unworthy things is valor; if they be one to us, to suffer them is valor too.
      - [Courage]

Forbear, you things
  That stand upon the pinnacles of state,
    To boast your slippery height! when you do fall,
      You dash yourselves in pieces, ne'er to rise:
        And he that lends you pity, is not wise.
      - [Statesmen]

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