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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
George Chapman. (1559?–1634)
 
 
1
    None ever loved but at first sight they loved. 1
          The Blind Beggar of Alexandria.
2
    An ill weed grows apace. 2
          An Humorous Day’s Mirth.
3
    Black is a pearl in a woman’s eye. 3
          An Humorous Day’s Mirth.
4
    Exceeding fair she was not; and yet fair
In that she never studied to be fairer
Than Nature made her; beauty cost her nothing,
Her virtues were so rare.
          All Fools. Act i. Sc. 1.
5
    I tell thee Love is Nature’s second sun,
Causing a spring of virtues where he shines.
          All Fools. Act i. Sc. 1.
6
    Cornelia. What flowers are these?
Gazetta. The pansy this.
Cor. Oh, that ’s for lovers’ thoughts. 4
          All Fools. Act ii. Sc. 1.
7
    Fortune, the great commandress of the world,
Hath divers ways to advance her followers:
To some she gives honour without deserving,
To other some, deserving without honour. 5
          All Fools. Act v. Sc. 1.
8
      Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools. 6
          All Fools. Act v. Sc. 1.
9
    Virtue is not malicious; wrong done her
Is righted even when men grant they err.
          Monsieur D’Olive. Act i. Sc. 1.
10
    For one heat, all know, doth drive out another,
One passion doth expel another still. 7
          Monsieur D’Olive. Act v. Sc. 1.
  
  
  
11
    Let no man value at a little price
A virtuous woman’s counsel; her wing’d spirit
Is feather’d oftentimes with heavenly words.
          The Gentleman Usher. Act iv. Sc. 1.
12
    To put a girdle round about the world. 8
          Bussy D’Ambois. Act i. Sc. 1.
13
    His deeds inimitable, like the sea
That shuts still as it opes, and leaves no tracts
Nor prints of precedent for poor men’s facts.
          Bussy D’Ambois. Act i. Sc. 1.
14
    So our lives
In acts exemplary, not only win
Ourselves good names, but doth to others give
Matter for virtuous deeds, by which we live. 9
          Bussy D’Ambois. Act i. Sc. 1.
15
    Who to himself is law no law doth need,
Offends no law, and is a king indeed.
          Bussy D’Ambois. Act ii. Sc. 1.
16
    Each natural agent works but to this end,—
To render that it works on like itself.
          Bussy D’Ambois. Act iii. Sc. 1.
17
    ’T is immortality to die aspiring,
As if a man were taken quick to heaven.
          Conspiracy of Charles, Duke of Byron. Act i. Sc. 1.
18
    Give me a spirit that on this life’s rough sea
Loves t’ have his sails fill’d with a lusty wind,
Even till his sail-yards tremble, his masts crack,
And his rapt ship run on her side so low
That she drinks water, and her keel plows air.
          Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron. Act iii. Sc. 1.
19
    He is at no end of his actions blest
Whose ends will make him greatest, and not best.
          Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron. Act v. Sc. 1.
20
    Words writ in waters. 10
          Revenge for Honour. Act v. Sc. 2.
21
    They ’re only truly great who are truly good. 11
          Revenge for Honour. Act v. Sc. 2.
22
      Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee. 12 Light gains make heavy purses. ’T is good to be merry and wise. 13
          Eastward Ho. Act i. Sc. 1. 14
23
      Make ducks and drakes with shillings.
          Eastward Ho. Act i. Sc. 1.
24
      Only a few industrious Scots perhaps, who indeed are dispersed over the face of the whole earth. But as for them, there are no greater friends to Englishmen and England, when they are out on ’t, in the world, than they are. And for my own part, I would a hundred thousand of them were there [Virginia]; for we are all one countrymen now, ye know, and we should find ten times more comfort of them there than we do here. 15
          Eastward Ho. Act iii. Sc. 2.
25
    Enough ’s as good as a feast. 16
          Eastward Ho. Act iii. Sc. 2.
26
    Fair words never hurt the tongue. 17
          Eastward Ho. Act iv. Sc. 1.
27
    Let pride go afore, shame will follow after. 18
          Eastward Ho. Act iv. Sc. 1.
28
    I will neither yield to the song of the siren nor the voice of the hyena, the tears of the crocodile nor the howling of the wolf.
          Eastward Ho. Act v. Sc. 1.
29
    As night the life-inclining stars best shows,
So lives obscure the starriest souls disclose.
          Epilogue to Translations.
30
    Promise is most given when the least is said.
          Musæus of Hero and Leander.
 
Note 1.
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?—Christopher Marlowe: Hero and Leander.

I saw and loved.—Edward Gibbon: Memoirs, vol. i. p. 106. [back]
Note 2.
See Heywood, Quotation 57. [back]
Note 3.
Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies’ eyes.—William Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, act v. sc. 2. [back]
Note 4.
There is pansies, that ’s for thoughts.—William Shakespeare: Hamlet, act iv. sc. 5. [back]
Note 5.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.—William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, act ii. sc. 5. [back]
Note 6.
Quoted by Camden as a saying of one Dr. Metcalf. It is now in many peoples’ mouths, and likely to pass into a proverb.—Ray: Proverbs (Bohn ed.) p. 145. [back]
Note 7.
One fire burns out another’s burning,
One pain is lessened by another’s anguish.
William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, act i. sc. 2. [back]
Note 8.
I ’ll put a girdle round about the earth.—William Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, act ii. sc. 1. [back]
Note 9.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime.
Henry W. Longfellow: A Psalm of Life. [back]
Note 10.
Here lies one whose name was writ in water.—Keats’s own Epitaph. [back]
Note 11.
To be noble we ’ll be good.—Winifreda (Percy’s Reliques).

’T is only noble to be good.—Alfred Tennyson: Lady Clara Vere de Vere, stanza 7. [back]
Note 12.
The same in Franklin’s Poor Richard. [back]
Note 13.
See Heywood, Quotation 6. [back]
Note 14.
By Chapman, Jonson, and Marston. [back]
Note 15.
This is the famous passage that gave offence to James I., and caused the imprisonment of the authors. The leaves containing it were cancelled and reprinted, and it only occurs in a few of the original copies.—Richard Herne Shepherd. [back]
Note 16.
Dives and Pauper (1493). Gascoigne: Memories (1575). Henry Fielding: Covent Garden Tragedy, act ii. sc. 6. Isaac Bickerstaff: Love in a Village, act iii. sc. 1. See Heywood, Quotation 133. [back]
Note 17.
See Heywood, Quotation 43. [back]
Note 18.
See Heywood, Quotation 54. [back]
 

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