Blueness doth express trueness.
Fear to do base and unworthy things is valor; if they be done to us, to suffer them is also valor.
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Envy sets the stronger seal on desert; if he have no enemies, I should esteem his fortune most wretched.
Very few men are wise by their own counsel, or learned by their own teaching; for he that was only taught by himself had a fool as his master.
Topics: Perception, Wisdom, Vision, Role models
There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.
Language most shows a man; speak that I may see thee; it springs out of the most retired and inmost part of us.
‘Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.
I’ll give anything for a good copy now, be it true or false, so it be news.
Vice is like a fury to the vicious mind, And turns delight itself to punishment.
Be not ashamed of thy virtues; honor’s a good brooch to wear in a man’s hat at all times.
Silence in woman is like speech in men; deny it who can.
I am beholden to calumny, that she hath so endeavored to belie me.—It shall make me set a surer guard on myself, and keep a better watch upon my actions.
In sovereignty it is a most happy thing not to be compelled, but so it is a most miserable thing not to be counselled.
In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be.
What a deal of cold business doth a man misspend the better part of life in! In scattering compliments, tendering visits, gathering and venting news, following feasts and plays, making a little winter-love in a dark corner.
Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup And I will not look for wine.
Men might go to heaven with half the labor they put forth to go to hell, if they would but venture their industry in the right way.
Who falls for the love of God, shall rise a star.
A secret in his mouth is like a wild bird put into a cage; whose door no sooner opens, but it is out.
All concord’s born of contraries.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- John Webster English Dramatist
- John Gay English Poet, Dramatist
- Francis Beaumont English Playwright
- Philip Massinger English Playwright
- John Lyly English Dramatist, Author
- W. S. Gilbert English Dramatist
- William Wycherley English Dramatist
- Arthur Wing Pinero English Playwright
- Arthur Helps British Essayist, Historian
- Douglas William Jerrold English Dramatist