Quotes by Ben Jonson

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Benjamin Jonson (June 11, 1572 August 6, 1637) was an English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor. He is best known for his plays Volpone and The Alchemist, his lyrics, his influence on Jacobean and Caroline poets, his theory of humours, his contentious personality, and his friendship and rivalry with William Shakespeare.

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He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.
O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks, or make the sun forget his motion!
Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.
We are persons of quality, I assure you, and women of fashion, and come to see and to be seen.
To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
A new disease? I know not, new or old, but it may well be called poor mortals plague for, like a pestilence, it doth infect the houses of the brain till not a thought, or motion, in the mind, be free from the black poison of suspect.
If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick
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.
When a virtuous man is raised, it brings gladness to his friends, grief to his enemies, and glory to his posterity.
They that know no evil will suspect none.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
All concord's born of contraries.
Blueness doth express trueness.
Greatness of name in the father ofttimes helps not forth but overwhelms the son; they stand too near one another, the shadow kills the growth. So much, that we see the grandchild come more and oftener to be heir.
I sing the birth was born tonight, The Author both of life and light, The angels so did sound it; And like the ravished shepherds said, Who saw the light, and were afraid, Yet searched, and true they found it.
Tonight, grave sir, both my poor house and I Do equally desire your company; Not that we think us worthy such a guest, But that your worth will dignify our feast With those that come, whose grace may make that seem Something, which else could hope for no esteem.