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Sir William Davenant Quotes


English poet laureate
(1606 - 1668)

All jealousy must be strangled in its birth, or time will soon make it strong enough to overcome the truth.
[Jealousy]
 

Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.
 

Fame, like the river, is narrowest where it is bred, and broadest afar off.
[Fame]
 

Generous souls are still most subject to credulity.
 

He that foretells his own calamity, and makes events before they come, doth twice endure the pains of evil destiny.
 

It is the wit and policy of sin to hate those we have abused.
[Abuse]
 

Sweet, silent rhetoric of persuading eyes.