Ben Jonson Quotes

 

Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.

— Ben Jonson

There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.

— Ben Jonson

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

— Ben Jonson

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

— Ben Jonson

In small proportions we just beauties see; And in short measures, life may perfect be.

— Ben Jonson

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things.

— Ben Jonson

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.

— Ben Jonson

A woman, the more curious she is about her face, is commonly the more careless about her house.

— Ben Jonson

Neither do thou lust after that tawny weed tobacco.

— Ben Jonson

Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup And I’ll not look for wine.

— Ben Jonson

Apes are apes, though clothed in scarlet.

— Ben Jonson

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

— Ben Jonson

Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live, and illustrate the times.

— Ben Jonson

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.

— Ben Jonson

I do honour the very flea of his dog.

— Ben Jonson

They that know no evil will suspect none.

— Ben Jonson

He knows not his own strength that has not met adversity.

— Ben Jonson

Talking is the disease of age.

— Ben Jonson

Weigh the meaning and look not at the words.

— Ben Jonson

This is the very womb and bed of enormity.

— Ben Jonson

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

— Ben Jonson

Let them call it mischief: When it is past and prospered t’will be virtue.

— Ben Jonson

He threatens many that hath injured one.

— Ben Jonson

And though thou hadst small Latin, and less Greek.

— Ben Jonson

Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.

— Ben Jonson

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

— Ben Jonson

If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick.

— Ben Jonson

Fortune, that favors fools.

— Ben Jonson

Art hath an enemy called Ignorance.

— Ben Jonson

Honor’s a good brooch to wear in a man’s hat at all times.

— Ben Jonson

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

— Ben Jonson

Vice Is like a fury to the vicious mind, And turns delight itself to punishment.

— Ben Jonson

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