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Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson (c. 1617), by Abraham Blyenberch; oil on canvas painting at the National Portrait Gallery, London
Born c. 11 June 1572
Westminster, London, England
Died 6 August 1637 (aged 65)
London,[1] England
Occupation Playwright, poet, and actor
Nationality English

And though thou hadst small Latin, and less Greek.
Honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.
To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Ben Jonson
O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks, or make the sun forget his motion!
Ben Jonson
Talking is the disease of age.
Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.
They say Princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom.
Ben Jonson
Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee.
He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Art hath an enemy called Ignorance.
Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live, and illustrate the times.
Ben Jonson
A woman, the more curious she is about her face, is commonly the more careless about her house.
Ben Jonson
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things.
Ben Jonson
'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.
Ben Jonson
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.
Ben Jonson
Apes are apes, though clothed in scarlet.
They that know no evil will suspect none.
Let them call it mischief: When it is past and prospered t'will be virtue.
Ben Jonson
If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick.
Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup And I'll not look for wine.
Ben Jonson
There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.
This is the very womb and bed of enormity.
Vice Is like a fury to the vicious mind, And turns delight itself to punishment.
Ben Jonson
In small proportions we just beauties see; And in short measures, life may perfect be.
Ben Jonson
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.
Ben Jonson
Neither do thou lust after that tawny weed tobacco.
To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Ben Jonson
Weigh the meaning and look not at the words.
Fortune, that favors fools.
He knows not his own strength that has not met adversity.
Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
I do honour the very flea of his dog.