Quotes by John Heywood

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John Heywood (1497-1580) was an English writer known for his plays, poems, and collection of proverbs. He was born in or near London, but fled to Europe to avoid religious persecution for his Catholic faith and is believed to have died in Mechelen, Belgium. His son was the poet and translator Jasper Heywood. more

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A hard beginning maketh a good ending.

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
The loss of wealth is loss of dirt, as sages in all times assert; The happy man's without a shirt.
Many hands make light work.
Three may keep counsel, if two are away.
Wedding is destiny, and hanging likewise.
Bachelers boast, how they will teach their wives good; But many a man speaketh of Robin Hood, That never shot in his bow. When all is sought, Bachelers wives, and maides children bee well tought. And this with this I also begin to gather, Every man can rule a shrew, save he that hath her.
Would yee both eat your cake, and have your cake?
But temprance teacheth this, where he keepeth schoole; He that knoweth when he hath enough is no foole. Feed by measure, and defie the phisition! And in the contrarie mark this condition; A swine over fat is cause of his own bane.
In house to kepe houshold when folkes will needes wed, Moe things belong then foure bare legges in a bed. I reckened my wedding a suger sweete spice, But reckeners without their host must recken twice. And although it were sweet for a weeke or twaine, Sweete meate will have sowre sauce, I see now plaine.

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