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BEN JONSON
English poet and dramatist
(1573? - 1637)
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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.
      - [Poets]

Ill-fortune never crushed that mar whom good fortune deceived not.
      - [Fortune]

It is a note
  Of upstart greatness to observe and watch
    For these poor trifles, which the noble mind
      Neglects and scorns.
      - [Trouble]

It is virtue that gives glory; that will endenizen a man everywhere.
      - [Virtue]

Let argument bear no unmusical sound.
      - [Argument]

Let them call it mischief;
  Then it is past and prosper'd, 'twill be virtue.
      - [Proverbs]

Love that is ignorant and hatred have almost the same ends.
      - [Love]

Many might go to heaven with half the labor they go to hell.
      - [Heaven]

Money never made any man rich, but his mind. He that can order himself to the law of nature, is not only without the sense, but the fear of poverty.
      - [Poverty]

No man is so foolish but he may give another good counsel sometimes, and no man so wise but he may easily err, if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that was taught only by himself had a fool for a master.
      - [Advice]

Nothing is a courtesy unless it be meant us, and that friendly and lovingly. We owe no thanks to rivers that they carry our boats, or winds that they be favoring and fill our sails, or meats that they be nourishing; for these are what they are necessarily. Horses carry us, trees shade us; but they know it not.
      - [Courtesy]

Nothing is more short-lived than pride.
      - [Pride]

Or leave a kiss but in the cup, and I'll not look for wine.
      - [Kisses]

Out of clothes out of countenance, out of countenance out of wit.
      - [Dress]

Poets are far rarer birds than kings.
      - [Poets]

Prevent your day at morning.
      - [Early Rising]

Rich apparel has strange virtues; it makes him that hath it without means esteemed for an excellent wit; he that enjoys it with means puts the world in remembrance of his means.
      - [Dress]

Silence in woman is like speech in man.
      - [Silence]

'T is no shame to follow the better precedent.
      - [Emulation]

'T is virtue which they want; and, wanting it, honor no garment to their backs can fit.
      - [Virtue]

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
      - [Eloquence]

That I might live alone once with my gold!
  O, 'tis a sweet companion! kind and true:
    A man may trust it when his father cheats him,
      Brother, or friend, or wife. O wondrous pelf!
        That which makes all men false, is true itself.
      - [Money]

The day
  For whose returns, and many, all these pray;
    And so do I.
      - [Birthday]

The good need fear no law; it is his safety, and the bad man's awe.
      - [Law]

The poet is the nearest borderer upon the orator.
      - [Oratory]


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