Ben Jonson

A Quote by Ben Jonson on age, complaints, death, disappointment, envy, force, hope, paradox, posterity, reason, present, time, and truth

That praises are without reason lavished on the dead, and that the honours due only to are paid to antiquity, is a complaint likely to be always continued by those who, being able to add nothing to truth, hope for eminence from the heresies of paradox; or those who, being forced by disappointment upon consolatory expedients, are willing to hope from posterity what the present age refuses, and flatter themselves that the regard which is yet denied by envy will be at last bestowed by time.

Ben Jonson

Source: Jonson, Preface to Shakespeare

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on anarchy

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Those that merely talk and never think, That live in the wild anarchy of drink.

Ben Jonson

Source: Underwoods. An Epistle, answering to One that asked to be sealed of the Tribe of Ben

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on lies, love, peace, poetry, and rest

Rest in soft peace, and, ask'd, say here doth lie Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry: For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such, As what he loves may never like too much.

Ben Jonson

Source: On My First Son; in Epigrams

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A Quote by Ben Jonson

To see and to be seen.

Ben Jonson

Source: Epithalamion, III, 4

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on honor and writing

The players have often mentioned it as an honor to Shakespeare that in his writing (whatsoever he penned) he never blotted out a line. My answer hath been, "Would he had blotted a thousand."

Ben Jonson

Source: Timber; or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on language

Language shows a man, speak that I may see thee.

Ben Jonson

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on age and time

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He was not of an age but for all time.

Ben Jonson

Source: To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author Mr. William Shakespeare

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on heaven, hell, and labor

Many might go to heaven with half the labor they go to hell.

Ben Jonson

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on departure, honesty, and vulgarity

He that departs with his own honesty For Vulgar , doth it too dearly buy.

Ben Jonson

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A Quote by Ben Jonson

He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

Ben Jonson

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