Ben Jonson

(11 June 1572 – 6 August 1637 / London / England)

Ben Jonson Quotes

  • ''They say princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom.''
    Ben Jonson (c. 1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. Timber, or Discoveries Made upon Men and Matter, para. 95, "Illiteratus Princeps," (1641), ed. Felix E. Schelling (1892). The aphorism is attributed to the Greek philosopher Carneades by Montaigne (in Essays, bk. 3, ch. 7 "Of the Incommodity of Greatness," 1588): "Princes' children learnt nothing aright but to manage and ride horses; forsomuch as in all other exercises every man yieldeth and giveth them the victory; but a horse, who is neither a flatterer nor a courtier, will as soon throw the child of a king as the son of a base porter."
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Best Poem of Ben Jonson

For A Girl In A Book

Kim, composite of all my loves,
less real than most, more real than all;
of my making, all the good and
some of the bad, yet of yourself;
sole, unique, strong, alone,
whole, independent, one: yet mine
in that you cannot be unfaithful.

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A Hymn To God The Father

Hear me, O God!
A broken heart
Is my best part.
Use still thy rod,
That I may prove
Therein thy Love.

If thou hadst not
Been stern to me,

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