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JOHN WILLIAM FLETCHER
English dramatist
(1579 - 1625)

Calamity is man's true touchstone.
      - [Affliction]

Fanaticism is the child of false zeal and of superstition, the father of intolerance and of persecution.
      - [Fanaticism]

Leap hearts to lips, and in our kisses meet.
      - [Heart]

Let's meet, and either do or die.
      - [Determination]

Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
  Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
      - [Action]

Our acts, our angels are, or good or ill,
  Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
      - [Action]

The place that does
  Contain my books, the best companions, is
    To me a glorious court, where hourly I
      Converse with the, old sages and philosophers;
        And sometimes for variety, I confer
          With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels;
            Calling their victories, if unjustly got,
              Unto a strict account; and in my fancy,
                Deface their ill-plac'd statutes.
      - [Books]

The sins we do, people behold with optics,
  Which shew them ten times more than common vices,
    And often multiply them.
      - [Evil]

To work a fell revenge a man's a fool, if not instructed in a woman's school.
      - [Revenge]

Vice gets more in this vicious world than piety.
      - [Vice]

Come landlord fill a flowing bowl until it does run over,
  Tonight we will all merry be--tomorrow we'll get sober.
      - Bloody Brother (act II, sc. 2) [Drinking]

Oh love will make a dog howl in rhyme.
      - Queen of Corinth (act IV, sc. 1) [Poetry]

Weep no more, nor sigh, nor groan,
  Sorrow calls no time that's gone:
    Violets plucked the sweetest rain
      Makes not fresh nor grow again.
      - Queen of Corinth (act IV, sc. 1),
        not in original folio, said to be spurious
        [Tears]

Drink to-day, and drown all sorrow;
  You shall perhaps not do it to-morrow.
      - The Bloody Brother (act II, sc. 2), a song
        [Drinking]

Care-charming Sleep, thou easer of all woes,
  Brother to Death . . . thou son of Night.
      - The Tragedy of Valentinian (act V, 2)
        [Sleep]

Man is his own star, and the soul that can
  Render an honest and a perfect man,
    Commands all light, all influence, all fate,
      Nothing to him falls early or too late.
        Our acts, our angles are, or good or ill,
          Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
      - Upon an Honest Man's Fortune (l. 33)
        [Action : Man]

A woman friend! He that believes that weakness,
  Steers in a stormy night without a compass.
      - Woman Pleased (act II, sc. 1) [Women]


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