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“Opinion is a light, vain, crude, and imperfect thing.”

 

Ben Jonson

“How Fortune piles her sports when she begins to practise them!”

 

Ben Jonson

“It is as great a spite to be praised in the wrong place, and by a wrong person, as can be done to a noble nature.”

 

Ben Jonson

“Fear to do base, unworthy things is valor; if they be one to us, to suffer them is valor too.”

 

Ben Jonson

“A good man will avoid the spot of any sin. The very aspersion is grievous, which makes him choose his way in his life, as he would in his journey.”

 

Ben Jonson

“Words borrowed of Antiquity do lend a kind of Majesty to style, and are not without their delight sometimes. For they have the authority of years, and out of their intermission do win to themselves a kind of grace-like newness. But the eldest of the present, and newest of the past Language, is the best.”

 

Ben Jonson

“I perceive affection makes a fool Of any man too much the father.”

 

Ben Jonson

“Sweet Swan of Avon! What a sight it wereTo see thee in our water yet appear.”

 

Ben Jonson

“Where it concerns himself, Who’s angry at a slander, makes it true.”

 

Ben Jonson

“Forbear, you thingsThat stand upon the pinnacles of state,To boast your slippery height! when you do fall,You dash yourselves in pieces, ne’er to rise:And he that lends you pity, is not wise.”

 

Ben Jonson

“Passions are spiritual rebels and raise sedition against the understanding.”

 

Ben Jonson

“God wisheth none should wreck on a strange shelf: To him man’s dearer than to himself.”

 

Ben Jonson

“Well, as he brews, so shall he drink.”

 

Ben Jonson

“To men pressed by their wants all change is ever welcome.”

 

Ben Jonson

“Mischiefs feed / Like beasts, till they be fat, and then they bleed.”

 

Ben Jonson

“Affliction teacheth a wicked person sometime to pray; prosperity never.”

 

Ben Jonson

“I would rather have a plain down-right wisdom than a foolish and affected eloquence.”

 

Ben Jonson