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JOHN LYLY (LYLIE OR LYLLIE)
English dramatist
(1554? - 1606)
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Let thy attyre bee comely, but not costly.
      - Euphues (p. 39), (1759 edition) [Apparel]

The sun shineth upon the dunghill and is not corrupted.
      - Euphues (p. 43) [Sun]

The finest edge is made with the blunt whetstone.
      - Euphues (p. 47), (Arber's reprint) (1579)
        [Proverbs]

The foule Toade hath a faire stone in his head.
      - Euphues (p. 53), (Arber's Reprint) (1579)
        [Proverbs]

You are in some brown study.
      - Euphues (p. 80), (Arber's reprint)(1579)
        [Study]

The soft droppes of raine perce the hard Marble, many strokes overthrow the tallest Oke.
      - Euphues (p. 81), (Arber's 1579 reprint)
        [Perseverance : Trifles]

As love knoweth no lawes, so it regardeth no conditions.
      - Euphues (p. 84) [Love]

A new broome sweepeth cleane.
  [A new broom sweeps clean.]
      - Euphues (p. 89), (Arber's Reprint)
        [Proverbs]

As busie as a Bee.
      - Euphues and his England (p. 252)
        [Bees : Proverbial Phrases]

Where the streame runneth smoothest, the water is deepest.
      - Euphues and his England (p. 287) [Silence]

Since your eyes are so sharpe, that you cannot onely looke through a milstone, but cleane through the minde.
      - Euphues and his England (p. 289) [Eyes]

I am glad that my Adonis hath a sweete tooth in his head.
      - Euphues and his England (p. 308) [Eating]

Thou art an heyre to fayre lying, that is nothing, if thou be disinherited of learning, for better were it to thee to inherite righteousnesse then riches, and far more seemly were if for thee to haue thy Studie full of bookes, then thy pursse full of mony.
      - Euphues--Letters to a Young Gentleman in Naples Named Alcius
        [Learning]

The measure of life is not length, but honestie.
      - Euphues--The Anatomy of Wit--Letters of Euphues--Euphues and Eubulus
        [Honesty]

Whilst that the childe is young, let him be instructed in vertue and lytterature.
      - Euphues--The Anatomy of Wit--Of the Education of Youth
        [Teaching]

Gentlemen use books as Gentlewomen handle their flowers, who in the morning stick them in their heads, and at night strawe them at their heeles.
      - Euphues--To the Gentlemen Readers [Books]

Night hath a thousand eyes.
      - Maydes Metamorphose (act III, sc. 1)
        [Night]

Lips are no part of the head, only made for a double-leaf door for the mouth.
      - Midas [Mouth]

Marriage is destinie, made in heaven.
      - Mother Bombie [Matrimony]

The greater the kindred is, the lesse the kindnesse must bee.
      - Mother Bombie (act III, sc. 1) [Kindness]

Marriages are made in heaven and consummated on earth.
      - The Anatomy of Wit [Matrimony]

He that commeth in print because he woulde be knowen, is like the foole that commeth into the Market because he woulde be seen.
      - The Anatomy of Wit--To the Gentlemen Readers
        [Authorship]

What bird so sings, yet does so wail?
  O, 'tis the ravish'd nightingale--
    Jug, jug, jug, jug--tereu, she cries,
      And still her woes at midnight rise.
      - The Songs of Birds [Nightingales]


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