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THOMAS DEKKER (DECKER)
English dramatist
(1572? - 1638)
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A mask of gold hides all deformities.
      - [Gold]

Age is like love, it cannot be hid.
      - [Age]

An oath! why, it is the traffic of the soul, it is law within a man; the seal of faith, the bond of every conscience; unto whom we set our thoughts like hands.
      - [Oaths]

Arguments, like children, should be like the subject that begets them.
      - [Argument]

God doth bestow that garment, when we die, that, like a soft and silken canopy, is still spread over us. In spite of death, our hair grows in the grave; and that alone looks fresh when all our other beauty's gone.
      - [Hair]

Gold is the strength, the sinews of the world;
  The health, the soul, the beauty most divine;
    A mask of gold hides all deformities;
      Gold is heaven's physic, life's restorative.
      - [Gold]

If thou kiss Wisdom's cheek and make her thine, she will breathe into thy lips divinity, and thou, like Phoebus, shalt speak oracle.
      - [Wisdom]

Patience! why, it is the soul of peace; of all the virtues, it is nearest kin to heaven; it makes men look like gods. The best of men that ever wore earth about him was a sufferer,--a soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit; the first true gentleman that ever breathed.
      - [Patience]

Patience, my lord! why 't is the soul of peace:
  Of all the virtues 't is the nearest kin to heaven;
    It makes men look like gods: the best of men
      That e'er wore earth about him, was a sufferer,
        A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
          The first true gentleman that ever breath'd.
      - [Patience]

Prince I am not, yet I am nobly born.
      - [Birth]

The best of men that ever wore earth about Him was a sufferer, a soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit; the first true gentleman that ever breathed.
      - [Christ]

The robe which curious Nature weaves to hang upon the head.
      - [Hair]

The soul whose bosom lust did never touch
  Is God's fair bride; and maidens' souls are such.
      - [Chastity]

There's a lean fellow beats all conquerors.
      - [Victory]

Turn over a new leaf.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

When all sins are old in us, and go upon crutches, covetousness does but then lie in her cradle.
      - [Covetousness]

When all the sins are old in us,
  And go upon crutches, covetousness
    Does but lie in her cradle.
      - [Avarice]

Were there no women, men might live like gods.
      - Honest Whore (pt. I, act III, sc. 1)
        [Women]

There's no music when a woman is in the concert.
      - Honest Whore (pt. II, act IV, sc. 3)
        [Women]

And though mine arm should conquer twenty worlds,
  There's a lean fellow beats all conquerors.
      - Old Fortunatus (act I, sc. 1) [Death]

Add to golden numbers golden numbers.
      - Patient Grissell (act I, sc. 1)
        [Proverbial Phrases]

Honest labor bears a lovely face.
      - Patient Grissell (act I, sc. 1) [Labor]

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
  Smiles awake you when you rise.
      - The Comedy of Patient Grissel [Sleep]

The best of men
  That e'er wore earth about him was a sufferer;
    A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
      The first true gentleman that ever breathed.
      - The Honest Whore (pt. I, act I, sc. 2)
        [Gentlemen]

The great fishpond (the sea).
      - The Honest Whore (pt. I, act I, sc. 2)
        [Fish : Ocean : Sea]


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