Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Ben Jonson

English Playwright, Poet

"Calumnies are answered best with silence."

"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."

"He threatens many that hath injured one."

"Hell itself must yield to industry."

"If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick."

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

"It is virtue that gives glory; that will endenizen a man everywhere."

"The dignity of truth is lost with much protesting."

"The two chief things that give a man reputation in counsel, are the opinion of his honesty, and the opinion of his wisdom; the authority of those two will persuade."

"Very few men are wise by their own counsel, or learned by their own teaching; for he that was taught by himself had a fool to his master."

"They that know no evil will suspect none."

"When a virtuous man is raised, it brings gladness to his friends, grief to his enemies, and glory to his posterity."

"Fear to do base and unworthy things is valor; if they be done to us, to suffer them is also valor."

"Art hath an enemy called ignorance."

"Wisdom without honesty is mere craft and cozenage."

"Many might go to Heaven with half the labor they go to Hell."

"I know no disease of the Soul, but Ignorance… Knowledge is the activity of the soul."

"No greater hell than to be slave to fear."

"Passions are spiritual Rebels, and raise sedition against the understanding."

"Truth is man's proper good, and the only immortal thing was give to our mortality to use."

"Ill Fortune never crush’t that man whom good Fortune deceived not."