Ben Jonson Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old ben jonson quotes, ben jonson sayings, and ben jonson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.     

Ben Jonson

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.     

Ben Jonson

Where guilt is, rage and courage doth abound.     

Ben Jonson

If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick     

Ben Jonson

The dignity of truth is lost with much protesting.     

Ben Jonson

To struggle when hope is banished! To live when life's salt is gone! To dwell in a dream that's vanished. To endure, and go calmly on!     

Ben Jonson

Vice is like a fury to the vicious mind, And turns delight itself to punishment.     

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Hell itself must yield to industry.     

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To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.     

Ben Jonson

The way to rise is to obey and please.     

Ben Jonson

There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.     

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The voice so sweet, the words so fair, As some soft chime had stroked the air; And though the sound had parted thence, Still left an echo in the sense.     

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Drink to me only with thine eyes, / And I will pledge with mine;     

Ben Jonson

Sweet meat must have sour sauce.     

Ben Jonson

A lily of a day Is fairer far in May, Although it fall and die that night, It was the plant and flower of light. In small proportions we just beauties see, And in short measures life may perfect be.     

Ben Jonson

It is not growing like a tree in bulk, doth make man better be; Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere: A lily of a day is fairer far in May, Although it falls and die that night—It was the plant and flower of Light.     

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Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.      

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O what is it proud slime will not believe Of his own worth, to hear it equal praised Thus with the gods?     

Ben Jonson

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.     

Ben Jonson