Treasure Island

George Chapman

(1559 – 12 May 1634 / Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England)

Quotations

  • ''The majesty and riches of the mind,
    But dwell in darkness; for your God is blind.''
    George Chapman (1559?-1634), British poet. A Coronet for His Mistress Philosophy (l. 13-14). . . Sonnet, The; an Anthology. Robert M. Bender and Charles L. Squier, eds. (1987) Washington Square Press/Pocket Books.
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  • ''I know an Englishman,
    Being flattered, is a lamb; threatened, a lion.''
    George Chapman c. 1559-1634, British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Tragedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1910). Archbishop of Cologne, in Alphonsus, Emperor of Germany, act 1, sc. 2, l. 208-9 (1654). on the proposal to make Richard, Earl of Cornwall, Holy Roman Emperor. The ascription of the play to Chapman has been questioned.
  • ''Who to himself is law, no law doth need, Offends no law, and is a king indeed.''
    George Chapman (c. 1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Tragedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1910). Bussy d'Ambois, in Bussy d'Ambois, act 2, sc. 1, l. 203-4 (1607, rev. 1641). Addressing Henry III of France, in self-vindication after killing two men in a quarrel.
  • ''Pure innovation is more gross than error.''
    George Chapman (1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. King Henry, in Bussy D'Ambois, act 1, sc. 2, l. 38 (1607).
  • ''We have watered our houses in Helicon.''
    George Chapman (c. 1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1914). Lodovico, in May-Day, act 3, sc. 3, l. 9-10 (1611). refers to a mountain-range in Boeotia (central Greece), sacred to the Muses. The line has often appeared with horses printed for "houses."
  • ''And let a scholar all earth's volumes carry,
    He will be but a walking dictionary:
    A mere articulate clock.''
    George Chapman (1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. The Tears of Peace, l. 530-2 (1609).
  • ''For one heat, all know, doth drive out another, One passion doth expel another still.''
    George Chapman (c. 1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1914). Vandome, in Monsieur d'Olive, act 5, sc. 1, l. 8-9 (1606). Proposing to distract the countess Marcellina from her melancholy.

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Courage

Give me a spirit that on this life's rough sea
Loves to have his sails filled with a lusty wind
Even till his sailyards tremble, his masts crack,
And his rapt ship runs on her side so low

That she drinks water, and her keel ploughs air;
There is no danger to a man that knows
What life and death is, - there is no law
Exceeds his knowledge: neither is it lawful

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