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JOHN WEBSTER
English playwright
(1580? - 1625?)
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Death hath ten thousand several doors
  For men to take their exits.
      - [Death]

Detraction is the sworn friend to ignorance.
      - [Ignorance]

Flatterers are but the shadows of princes' bodies; the least thick cloud makes them invisible.
      - [Flattery]

Integrity of life is fame's best friend.
      - [Virtue]

Perfumes, the more they are chafed, the more they render their pleasant scents; and so affliction expresseth virtue fully.
      - [Affliction]

Poor maids have more lovers than husbands.
      - [Maidenhood]

The soul was never put in the body to stand still.
      - [Soul]

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.
      - [Birds]

The evening shows the day, and death crowns life.
      - A Monumental Column (last line) [Results]

Were there no heaven nor hell
  I should be honest.
      - Duchess of Malfi (act I, sc. I) [Honesty]

He hath put a girdle 'bout the world
  And sounded all her quicksands.
      - Duchess of Malfi (act II, sc. 1)
        [Navigation]

Past sorrows, let us moderately lament them;
  For those to come, seek wisely to prevent them.
      - Duchess of Malfi (act III, sc. 2) [Sorrow]

That's the greatest torture souls feel in hell,
  In hell, that they must live, and cannot die.
      - Duchess of Malfi (act IV, sc. 1, l. 84)
        [Hell]

I know death hath ten thousand several doors
  For men to take their exits.
      - Duchess of Malfi (act IV, sc. 2) [Death]

Sorrow is held the eldest child of sin.
      - Duchess of Malfi (act V, sc. 5) [Sorrow]

What cannot a neat knave with a smooth tale
  Make a woman believe?
      - Duchess of Malfi (I, II) [Women]

Silver is the king's stamp; man God's stamp, and a woman is man's stamp; we are not current till we pass from one man to another.
      - Northward Ho (I, 186), (Hazlitt's edition)
        [Man]

There is not in nature
  A thing that makes a man so deform'd, so beastly,
    As doth intemperate anger.
      - The Duchess of Malfi (act II, sc. v)
        [Anger : Rage]

I do love these ancient ruins.
  We never tread upon them but we set
    Our foot upon some reverend history.
      - The Duchess of Malfi (act V, sc. 3) [Ruin]

I have ever thought
  Nature doth nothing so great for great men,
    As when she's pleas'd to make them lords of truth.
      Integrity of life is fame's best friend,
        Which nobly, beyond death, shall crown the end.
      - The Duchess of Malfi (act V, sc. 5)
        [Truth]

Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright,
  But look'd to near have neither heat not light.
      - The White Devil (act V, sc. 1) [Glory]

Call for the robin-red-breast, and the wren,
  Since o'er shady groves they hover,
    And with leaves and flowers do cover
      The friendless bodies of unburied men.
      - The White Devil, or Vittoria Corombona--A Dirge
        [Robins]

Let guilty men remember, their black deeds
  Do lean on crutches made of slender reeds.
      - The White Devil; or, Vittoria Corombona
         (act V, sc. 6) [Guilt]

O, happy they that never saw the court,
  Nor ever knew great men but by report!
      - The White Devil; or, Vittoria Corombona
         (act V, sc. VI) [Greatness]

Is not old wine wholesomest, old pippins toothsomest, old wood burn brightest, old linen wash brightest? Old soldiers, sweetheart, are surest, and old lovers are soundest.
      - Westward Ho (act II, sc. 1) [Age]


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