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John Webster
1578 - 1634
Nationality: English
Category: Playwright
Subcategory: English Playwright

Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.


Though lust do masque in ne'er so strange disguise she's oft found witty, but is never wise.


Men often are valued high, when they are most wretched.


That friend a great man's ruin strongly checks, who rails into his belief all his defects.


When a man's mind rides faster than his horse can gallop they quickly both tire.


A politician is the devil's quilted anvil; He fashions all sins on him, and the blows are never heard.


Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.


In all our quest of greatness, like wanton boys, whose pastime is their care, we follow after bubbles, blown in the air.


We are merely the stars tennis-balls, struck and bandied which way please them.


For the subtlest folly proceeds from the subtlest wisdom.


Lay this unto your breast: Old friends, like old swords, still are trusted best.


All things do help the unhappy man to fall.


Heaven fashioned us of nothing; and we strive to bring ourselves to nothing.


When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons.


Sorrow is held the eldest child of sin.


'Tis better to be fortunate than wise.


Integrity of life is fame's best friend, which nobly, beyond death, shall crown in the end.


Man is most happy, when his own actions are arguments and examples of his virtue.


Fortune's a right whore. If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels, that she may take away all at one swoop.


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