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Ben Jonson

1573-1637. English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor.

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True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.

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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.

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When a virtuous man is raised, it brings gladness to his friends, grief to his enemies, and glory to his posterity.

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'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.

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If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick

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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.

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We are persons of quality, I assure you, and women of fashion, and come to see and to be seen.

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O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks, or make the sun forget his motion!

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To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.

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Blueness doth express trueness.

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