JOHN LYLY QUOTES

English writer (1553-1606)

Lips are no part of the head, only made for a double-leaf door for the mouth.

JOHN LYLY, Midas

4 likes

Tags: lips


All is fair in love and war.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

3 likes

Tags: war


Marriages are made in heaven though consummated on Earth.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues and his England

2 likes

Tags: marriage


There can no great smoke arise, but there must be some fire.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues and his Euphoebus

1 likes


Love knoweth no laws.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

1 likes

Tags: love


If thou love thine equal, it is no conquest; if thy superior, thou shalt be envied; if thine inferior, laughed at. If one that is beautiful, her colour will change before thou get thy desire; if one that is wise, she will overreach thee so far that thou shalt never touch her; if virtuous, she will eschew such fond affection; if deformed, she is not worthy of any affection; if she be rich, she needeth thee not; if poor, thou needest not her. If old, why shouldst thou love her; if young, why should she love thee?

JOHN LYLY, Euphues and His England

1 likes


A heat full of coldness, a sweet full of bitterness, a pain full of pleasantness, which maketh thoughts have eyes, and hearts, and ears; bred by desire, nursed by delight, weaned by jealousy, killed by dissembling, buried by ingratitude; and this is love.

JOHN LYLY, Gallathea and Midas

1 likes


Time draweth wrinkles in a fair face,
but addeth fresh colours to a fast friend,
which neither heat, nor cold, nor misery,
nor place, nor destiny, can alter or diminish.

JOHN LYLY, Endymion, the Man in the Moon

1 likes

Tags: time


Night hath a thousand eyes.

JOHN LYLY, Maides Metamorphose

0 likes

Tags: night


Children and fools speak true.

JOHN LYLY, Endymion

0 likes

Tags: truth


All fish are not caught with flies.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

0 likes

Tags: fishing


In misery it is great comfort to have a companion.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

0 likes

Tags: misery


It is the eye of the master that fatteth the horse, and the love of the woman that maketh the man.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

0 likes


We might knit that knot with our tongues that we shall never undo with our teeth.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

0 likes

Tags: language


In the choice of a wife, sundry men are of sundry minds. One looketh high as one that feareth no chips, saying that the oil that swimmeth on the top is the wholesomest. Another poreth in the ground, as dreading all dangers that happen in great stocks, alleging that the honey that lieth in the bottom is the sweetest.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

0 likes

Tags: women


A bargain is a bargain.

JOHN LYLY, Arden of Feversham

0 likes


The sun shineth upon the dunghill, and is not corrupted.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

0 likes

Tags: sun


The measure of love is to have no mean, the end to be everlasting.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues and His England

0 likes


Many strokes overthrow the tallest oak.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

0 likes


To give reason for fancy were to weigh the fire, and measure the wind.

JOHN LYLY, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

0 likes

Tags: reason