John Ball

A Quote by John Ball on painting

From a painting: We have the payne and traveyle, the rayne and the wynd in the fieldes.

John Ball

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A Quote by John Ball on fatherhood, good, leisure, men, motherhood, pain, people, pride, water, and wine

Good people, things will never go well in England so long as goods be not in common, and so long as there be villeins and gentlemen. By what right are they whom we call lords greater folk than we? On what grounds have they deserved it? Why do they hold us in serfage? If we all came of the same father and mother, of Adam and Eve, how can they say or prove that they are better than we, if it be not that they make us gain for them by our toil what they spend in their pride? They are clothed in velvet and warm in their furs and their ermines, while we are covered with rags. They have wine and spices and fir bread; and we oat-cake and straw, and water to drink. They have leisure and fine houses; we have pain and labour, the rain and the wind in the fields. And yet it is of us and of our toil that these men hold their state.

John Ball

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A Quote by John Ball on popularity

Popular rhyme which condensed the levelling doctrine of John Ball: When Adam delved and Eve span, Who was then the gentleman?

John Ball

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A Quote by John Ball on needs, progress, understanding, work, and world

To make progress in understanding all this, we probably need to begin with simplified (oversimplified?) models and ignore the critics' tirade that the real world is more complex. The real world is always more complex, which has the advantage that we shan't run out of work.

John Ball

Source: 1984, Memes as Replicators, Ethology and Sociobiology, Vol. 5, p.159

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