Ben Jonson Quotes

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Fortune, that favours fools.
— Ben Jonson


A good poet's made as well as born.
— Ben Jonson
Art hath an enemy called Ignorance.

ignorance art

The way to rise is to obey and please.
— Ben Jonson
Is such a bait, it covers any hook.


No greater hell than to be slave to fear.


Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.


This is the danger, when vice becomes a precedent.

vice precedent

Though the most be players, some must be spectators.
— Ben Jonson
I smile to think how like a lottery
These weddings are.


He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
— Ben Jonson


Love that is ignorant and hatred have almost the same ends.

love and hate

Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.
— Ben Jonson

misfortune fortune

Passions are spiritual rebels and raise sedition against the understanding.


Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant;
And of all tame, a flatterer.


That for which all virtue now is sold.
And almost every vice—almighty gold.


How vain and vile a passion is this fear!
What base uncomely things it makes men do.


Speech is the only benefit man hath to express his excellency of mind above other creatures.


Fear to do base and unworthy things is valor; if they be done us, to suffer them is also valor.
— Ben Jonson
Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.
— Ben Jonson
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things.  A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.


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.


It strikes! one, two, 
Three, four, five, six. 
Enough, enough, dear watch, 
Thy pulse hath beat enough. 
Now sleep and rest; 
Would thou could'st make the time to do so too; 
I'll wind thee up no more.
— Ben Jonson

relaxation time