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Francis Beaumont Quotes


A dramatist in the English Renaissance theatre, most famous for his collaborations with John Fletcher.
(1584 - 1616)

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All confidence which is not absolute and entire, is dangerous. - There are few occasions but where a man ought either to say all, or conceal all; for, how little soever you have revealed of your secret to a friend, you have already said too much if you think it not safe to make him privy to all particulars.
[Confidence]
 

Bad's the best of us.
 

But what is past my help is past my care.
 

Calamity is man's true touchstone.
 

Emulation is a noble passion. - It is enterprising, but just withal. - It keeps within the terms of honor, and makes the contest for glory just and generous; striving to excel, not by depressing others, but by raising itself.
 

Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning blood­hound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock. - Abraham's riches were the Philistines' envy, and Jacob's blessings had Esau's hatred.
[Envy]
 

Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with them to heaven.
 

He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but he that wants too much.
[Forgiveness]
 

If men wound you with injuries, meet them with patience: hasty words rankle the wound, soft language dresses it, forgiveness cures it, and oblivion takes away the scar. It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.
[Injury]
 

Interest makes some people blind, and others quick-sighted.
 

It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.
 

It is the crown of justice and the glory, where it may kill with right, to save with pity.
[Compassion]
 

Kiss till the cow comes home.
 

Let no man fear to die, we love to sleep all, and death is but the sounder sleep.
 

Let us have a care not to disclose our hearts to those who shut up theirs against us.
[Confidence]
 

Nothing's so dainty sweet as lovely melancholy.
 

Of all the paths leading to a woman's love, pity is the straightest.
[Love]
 

Oh, love will make a dog howl in rhyme.
 

Tell me not of the fire and the worm, and the blackness and darkness of hell. - To my terrified conscience there is hell enough in this representation of it, that it is the common sewer of all that is abominable and abandoned and reckless as to principle, and depraved as to morals, the one common eddy where all things that are polluted and wretched and filthy are gathered together.
[Hell]
 

The Arabians have a saying, that it is not good to jest with God, death, or the devil; for the first neither can nor will be mocked; the second mocks all men one time or another; and the third puts an eternal sarcasm on those that are too familiar with him.
 


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