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THOMAS MIDDLETON
English dramatist
(1570? - 1627)
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A mad world, my masters.
      - [Work]

A wise man likes that best, that is itself;
  Not that which only seems, though it look fairer.
      - [Choice]

Anything for a quiet life.
      - title of a play [Proverbs : Rest]

Beware ambition; heaven is not reached with pride; but with submission.
      - [Ambition]

For he
  That sows in craft does reap in jealousy.
      - [Craft]

How near am I to happiness
  That earth exceeds not? not another like it.
    The treasures of the deep are not so precious,/As are the conceal'd comforts of a man
      Lock'd up in woman's love. I scent the air
        Of blessings, when I come but near the house;
          What a delicious breath marriage sends forth.
            The violet-bed's not sweeter. Honest wedlock
              Is like a banqueting-house built in a golden,
                On which the spring's chaste flowers take delight
                  To cast their modest odors.
      - [Matrimony]

Lands mortgaged may return, and more esteem'd,
  But honesty once pawn'd, is ne'er redeem'd.
      - [Honesty]

'Mongst all your virtues
  I see not charity written, which some call
    The first born of religion; and I wonder,
      I cannot see it in yours. Believe it, sir,
        There is no virtue can be sooner miss'd
          Or later welcom'd; it begins the rest,
            And sets them all in order.
      - [Charity]

Rivers from bubbling springs
  Have rise at first; and great, from abject things.
      - [Trifles]

Shame sticks ever close to the ribs of honor.
      - [Shame]

The treasures of the deep are not so precious as are the concealed comforts of a man locked up in woman's love.
      - [Wedlock]

There is no virtue can be sooner missed or later welcomed; it begins the rest, and sets them all in order.
      - [Charity]

This is the fruit of craft:
  Like him that shoots up high, looks for the shaft,
    And finds it in his forehead.
      - [Craft : Cunning]

Virtue itself offends, when coupled with forbidding manners.
      - [Good Breeding : Manners]

When men's intents are wicked, their guilt haunts them,
  But when they are just they're arm'd, and nothing daunts them.
      - [Design]

Who loves law, dies either mad or poor.
      - [Law]

All is not gold that glisteneth.
      - A Fair Quarrel (act V, sc. 1) [Appearance]

The world's a stage on which all parts are played.
      - A Game of Chess (act V) [World]

In the election of a wife, as in
  A project of war, to err but once is
    To be undone forever.
      - Anything for a Quiet Life (act I, sc. 1)
        [Wives]

My nearest
  And dearest enemy.
      - Anything for a Quiet Life (act V, sc. 1)
        [Enemies]

I never heard
  Of any true affection but 'twas nipped.
      - Blurt, Master Constable (act III, sc. 2)
        [Love]

Love is all in fire, and yet is ever freezing;
  Love is much in winning, yet is more in leesing:
    Love is ever sick, and yet is never dying;
      Love is ever true, and yet is ever lying;
        Love does doat in liking, and is mad in loathing;
          Love indeed is anything, yet indeed is nothing.
      - Blurt, Master Constable (act III, sc. 2)
        [Love]

Hold their nose to the grindstone.
      - Blurt, Master Constable (act III, sc. 3)
        [Proverbs]

Like pearl
  Dropt from the opening eyelids of the morn
    Upon the bashful rose.
      - Game of Chess [Morning]

'Tis a stinger.
      - More Dissemblers Besides Women
         (act III, sc. 2) [Proverbial Phrases]


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