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SIR WILLIAM D'AVENANT
English dramatic poet
(1606 - 1668)
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Actions rare and sudden do commonly proceed from fierce necessity, of else from some oblique design, which is ashamed to show itself in the public road.
      - [Action]

All slander must still be strangled in its birth, or time will soon conspire to make it strong enough to overcome the truth.
      - [Slander]

Ambition is the mind's immodesty.
      - [Ambition]

Ambition's monstrous stomach does increase
  By eating, and it fears to starve, unless
    It still may feed, and all it sees devour;
      Ambition is not tir'd with toll nor cloy'd with power.
      - [Ambition]

Anger is blood, poured and perplexed into froth; but malice is the wisdom of our wrath.
      - [Anger]

Be not with honor's gilded baits beguil'd,
  Nor think ambition wise, because 'tis brave;
    For though we like it, as a forward child,
      'Tis so unsound, her cradle is the grave.
      - [Ambition]

Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.
      - [Calamities]

Calamity was ordained for man.
      - [Calamities]

Faith lights us through the dark to Deity.
      - [Faith]

Fame, as a river, is narrowest where it is bred, and broadest afar off; so exemplary writers depend not upon the gratitude of the world.
      - [Fame]

Fame, like the river, is narrowest where it is bred, and broadest afar off.
      - [Fame]

For in a dearth of comforts, we art taught
  To be contented with the least.
      - [Comfort]

Generous souls
  Are still most subject to credulity.
      - [Credulity]

Honor is the moral conscience of the great.
      - [Honor]

How beautiful is sorrow when it is dressed by virgin innocence! it makes felicity in others seem deformed.
      - [Grief]

How wisely fate ordain'd for human kind
  Calamity! which is the perfect glass,
    Wherein we truly see and know ourselves.
      - [Calamities]

If mercy were not mingled with His power, this wretched world could not subsist one hour.
      - [Mercy]

It is the wit, the policy, of sin to hate those men whom we have abused.
      - [Abuse]

Know, he that foretells his own calamity, and makes events before they come, twice over, doth endure the pains of evil destiny.
      - [Calamities]

Slow seems their speed whose thoughts before them run.
      - [Thought]

Small are the seeds fate does unheeded sow
  Of slight beginnings to important ends.
      - [Cause]

Sweet, silent rhetoric of persuading eyes.
      - [Eyes]

Think not ambition wise, because 't is brave.
      - [Ambition]

This Florentine's a very saint, so meek
  And full of courtesy, that he would lend
    The devil his cloak, and stand i' th' rain himself.
      - [Courtesy]

To be rich be diligent; move on
  Like heav'ns great movers that enrich the earth;
    Whose moment's sloth would show the world undone;
      And make the spring straight bury all her birth.
        Rich are the diligent who can command
          Time--nature's stock.
      - [Diligence]


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