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She knows her man, and when you rant and swear,
Can draw you to her with a single hair.
- Persius (satire V, l. 246) [Hair]
They who write ill, and they who ne'er durst write,
Turn critics out of mere revenge and spite.
- Prologue to Conquest of Granada
The unhappy man, who once has trail'd a pen,
Lives not to please himself, but other men;
Is always drudging, wastes his life and blood,
Yet only eats and drinks what you think good.
- Prologue to Lee's Caesar Borgia
All who (like him) have writ ill plays before,
For they, like thieves, condemned, are hangman made,
To execute the members of their trade.
- Prologue to Rival Queens [Criticism]
Thespis, the first professor of our art,
At country wakes snug ballads from a cart.
- Prologue to Sophonisba [Ballads]
But 'tis the talent of our English nation,
Still to be plotting some new reformation.
- Prologue to Sophonisba (l. 9)
Take not away the life you cannot give:
For all things have an equal right to live.
- Pythagorean Phil (l. 705) [Life]
And that the Scriptures, though not everywhere
Free from corruption, or entire, or clear,
Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, entire
In all things which our needful faith require.
- Religio Laici (l. 297) [Scripture]
The welcome news is in the letter found;
The carrier's not commission'd to expound;
It speaks itself, and what it does contain,
In all things needful to be known is plain.
- Religio Laici (l. 366) [Post]
And after hearing what our Church can say,
If still our reason runs another way,
That private reason 'tis more just to curb,
Than by disputes the public peace disturb;
For points obscure are of small use to learn,
But common quiet is mankind's concern.
- Religio Laici (l. 445) [Doctrine]
I have a soul that, like an ample shield,
Can take in all, and verge enough for more.
- Sebastian (act I, sc. 1) [Soul]
Ev'n wit's a burthen, when it talks too long.
- Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 573) [Wit]
Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows
Where noun, and verb, and participle grows.
- Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 583)
Skill'd in the globe and sphere, he gravely stands,
And, with his compass, measures seas and lands.
- Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 760)
The poorest of the sex have still an itch
To know their fortunes, equal to the rich.
The dairy-maid inquires, if she shall take
The trusty tailor, and the cook forsake.
- Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 762)
Lord of human kind.
- Spanish Friar (act II, sc. 1) [Pride]
There is a pleasure, sure,
In being mad, which none but madmen know!
- Spanish Friar (act II, st. 1) [Insanity]
Happy who in his verse can gently steer
From grave to light, from pleasant to severe.
- The Art of Poetry (canto I, l. 75) [Poets]
Murder may pass unpunish'd for a time,
But tardy justice will o'ertake the crime.
- The Cock and the Fox (l. 285) [Murder]
Fame then was cheap, and the first courier sped;
And they have kept it since, by being dead.
- The Conquest of Granada (epilogue) [Fame]
What precious drops are those,
Which silently each other's track pursue,
Bright as young diamonds in their faint dew?
- The Conquest of Grenada
(pt. II, act III, sc. 1) [Tears]
Plain without pomp, and rich without a show.
- The Flower and the Leaf (l. 187)
The fresh eglantine exhaled a breath,
Whose odours were of power to raise from death.
- The Flower and the Leaf (l. 96)
To take up half on trust, and half to try,
Name it not faith but bungling bigotry.
- The Hind and the Panther (pt. I, l. 141)
For truth has such a face and such a mien,
As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.
- The Hind and the Panther (pt. I, l. 33)
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