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Ambition, like a torrent, ne'er looks back.

BEN JONSON, Catiline

Justice is the virtue that innocence rejoiceth in.


'Twas only fear first in the world made gods.

BEN JONSON, Sejanus, His Fall

My thoughts and I were of another world.

BEN JONSON, Every Man Out of His Humour

Language most shows a man; speak that I may see thee; it springs out of the most retired and inmost parts of us, and is the image of the parent of it, the mind. No glass renders a man's form or likeness so true as his speech.

BEN JONSON, Timber: Or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter

Laugh, and be fat, sir, your penance is known.
They that love mirth, let them heartily drink,
'Tis the only receipt to make sorrow sink.

BEN JONSON, "The Penates", Masques and Entertainments

A secret in his mouth is like a wild bird put into a cage, whose door no sooner opens than it is out.

BEN JONSON, The Case Is Altered

Hang sorrow, care 'll kill a cat.

BEN JONSON, Every Man in his Humour

See and to be seen.

BEN JONSON, Epithalamion

He that is so respectless in his courses,
Oft sells his reputation at a cheap market.

BEN JONSON, Every Man in His Humor

Give me a look, give me a face,
That makes simplicity a grace:
Robes loosely flowing, hair as free;
Such sweet neglect more taketh me
Than all the adulteries of art;
They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.

BEN JONSON, The Silent Woman

Trees shade us, but they know it not.

BEN JONSON, Timber: Or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter


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