Ben Jonson

(Benjamin Jonson)

Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson
  • Born: June 11, 1572
  • Died: August 6, 1637
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Poet









Benjamin Jonson was an English playwright, poet, actor, and literary critic, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the comedy of humours. He is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour (1598), Volpone, or The Fox (c. 1606), The Alchemist (1610) and Bartholomew Fair (1614) and for his lyric and epigrammatic poetry; he is generally regarded as the second most important English playwright during the reign of James VI and I after William Shakespeare.

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Be it true or false, so it be news. Media, Journalism & The Press
Talking and eloquence are not the same. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There happened in my time one noble speaker [Sir Francis Bacon] who was full of gravity in his speaking. His language (where he could spare or pass by a jest) was nobly censorious. No man ever spake more neatly, more weightily, or suffered less emptiness, less idleness, in what he uttered. His hearers could not cough, or look aside from him, without loss. The fear of every man that heard him was, lest he should make an end. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
This is the danger, when vice becomes a precedent. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A woman, the more curious she is about her face, is commonly the more careless about her house.
Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
And though thou hadst small Latin, and less Greek.
Apes are apes, though clothed in scarlet.
Art hath an enemy called Ignorance. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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.
Fortune, that favors fools.
Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live, and illustrate the times.
He knows not his own strength that has not met adversity.
He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.
I do honour the very flea of his dog.
If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick.
Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.
In small proportions we just beauties see; And in short measures, life may perfect be. Life
Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee.
Let them call it mischief: When it is past and prospered t'will be virtue.
Neither do thou lust after that tawny weed tobacco.
O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks, or make the sun forget his motion!
Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised. Success
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things.
Talking is the disease of age.
There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
They that know no evil will suspect none.
This is the very womb and bed of enormity.
'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.
To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice. Happiness & Unhappiness
Vice Is like a fury to the vicious mind, And turns delight itself to punishment.
Weigh the meaning and look not at the words.