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Come my Celia, let us prove, While we can, the sports of love Time will not be ours forever He at length our good will sever. Spend not then his gifts in vain; Suns that set may rise again, But if once we lose this light 'Tis with us perpetual night.
—  Ben Jonson
Many might go to heaven with half the labor they go to hell.
—  Ben Jonson
The covetous man never has money; the prodigal will have none shortly.
—  Ben Jonson
It is the highest of earthly honors to be descended from the great and good. They alone cry out against a noble ancestry who have none of their own.
—  Ben Jonson
Give me a look, give me a face, That makes simplicity a grace Robes loosely flowing, hair as free Such sweet neglect more taketh me Than all the adulteries of art: They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.
—  Ben Jonson
That praises are without reason lavished on the dead, and that the honours due only to are paid to antiquity, is a complaint likely to be always continued by those who, being able to add nothing to truth, hope for eminence from the heresies of paradox; or those who, being forced by disappointment upon consolatory expedients, are willing to hope from posterity what the present age refuses, and flatter themselves that the regard which is yet denied by envy will be at last bestowed by time.
—  Ben Jonson
Talking and eloquence are not the same thing: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
—  Ben Jonson
He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
—  Ben Jonson
Rest in soft peace, and, ask'd, say here doth lie Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry: For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such, As what he loves may never like too much.
—  Ben Jonson
Honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.
—  Ben Jonson
God wisheth none should wreck on a strange shelf: To him man's dearer than to himself.
—  Ben Jonson
Get money, still get money, boy, no matter by what means.
—  Ben Jonson
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
—  Ben Jonson

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