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50 Great Quotes By Christopher Marlowe, One Of The Greatest Playwrights

Famous As: Playwright, Poet
Born On: February 26, 1564
Died On: May 30, 1593
Born In: Canterbury, Kent, England
Died At Age: 29
Christopher Marlowe was an English poet, translator and playwright, who lived in the Elizabethan era and is regarded as the most capable playwright of his era. He studied at The King’s School and then went on to study at Corpus Christi College at University of Cambridge, from where he received his BA degree in 1584. He went on to acquire a post graduate degree as well. His career as playwright started off with the play titled ‘Dido, Queen of Carthage’ which was published in 1594. Other noted works that belong to Marlowe include ‘Tamburlaine the Great’, ‘The Jew of Malta’, ‘Edward the Second’, ‘The Massacre of Paris’ and ‘Doctor Faustus’ among others. The plays were all popular and his work and writings inspired his contemporaries. Perhaps the most sought-after playwright in the English language, William Shakespeare owes his evolution to this great playwright. Marlowe was also a poet and some of his noted poems include ‘The Passionate Shepherd of His Love’, ‘Hero and Leander’ and the translated works of Ovid titled ‘Amores’. He also translated Lucan’s ‘Pharsalia’. Marlowe was definitely one of the leading lights of his generation and his works, writings, poems and thoughts are till date quoted by people. Here is a collection of notable quotes by Christopher Marlowe. These quotes have been excerpted from his popular plays and writings.
Make me immortal with a kiss.

Make me immortal with a kiss.

Christopher Marlowe
Hell is just a frame of mind.

Hell is just a frame of mind.

Christopher Marlowe
He that loves pleasure must for pleasure fall.

He that loves pleasure must for pleasure fall.

Christopher Marlowe
Why should you love him whom the world hates so?
Because he love me more than all the world.

Why should you love him whom the world hates so? Because he love me more than all the world.

Christopher Marlowe
Fools that will laugh on earth, most weep in hell.

Fools that will laugh on earth, most weep in hell.

Christopher Marlowe
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?

Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?

Christopher Marlowe
Come live with me and be my Love, 
And we will all the pleasures prove

Come live with me and be my Love, And we will all the pleasures prove

Christopher Marlowe
Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.

Christopher Marlowe
All live to die, and rise to fall.

All live to die, and rise to fall.

Christopher Marlowe
Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed 
In one self place, for where we are is hell, 
And where hell is must we ever be.

Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed In one self place, for where we are is hell, And where hell is must we ever be.

Christopher Marlowe
Was this the face that launched a thousand ships/And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?

Was this the face that launched a thousand ships/And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?

Christopher Marlowe
What nourishes me, destroys me

What nourishes me, destroys me

Christopher Marlowe
You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute,
And now and then stab, when occasion serves.

You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute, And now and then stab, when occasion serves.

Christopher Marlowe
If we say that we have no sin,
We deceive ourselves, and there's no truth in us. 
Why then belike we must sin,
And so consequently die.
Ay, we must die an everlasting death.

If we say that we have no sin, We deceive ourselves, and there's no truth in us. Why then belike we must sin, And so consequently die. Ay, we must die an everlasting death.

Christopher Marlowe
What art thou Faustus, but a man condemned to die?

What art thou Faustus, but a man condemned to die?

Christopher Marlowe
Quod Me Nutrit Me Destruit.

Quod Me Nutrit Me Destruit.

Christopher Marlowe
I am Envy...I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.

I am Envy...I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.

Christopher Marlowe
The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike

The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike

Christopher Marlowe
Where both deliberate, the love is slight; Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?

Where both deliberate, the love is slight; Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?

Christopher Marlowe
Had I as many souls as there be stars, I'd give them all for Mephistopheles!

Had I as many souls as there be stars, I'd give them all for Mephistopheles!

Christopher Marlowe
Fornication: but that was in another country; And besides, the wench is dead.

Fornication: but that was in another country; And besides, the wench is dead.

Christopher Marlowe
Till swollen with cunning, of a self-conceit,
His waxen wings did mount above his reach,
And, melting, Heavens conspir'd his overthrow.

Till swollen with cunning, of a self-conceit, His waxen wings did mount above his reach, And, melting, Heavens conspir'd his overthrow.

Christopher Marlowe
But what are kings, when regiment is gone,
But perfect shadows in a sunshine day?

- Edward II, 5.1

But what are kings, when regiment is gone, But perfect shadows in a sunshine day? - Edward II, 5.1

Christopher Marlowe
Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd in one self place; but where we are is hell,
And where hell is, there must we ever be.

Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd in one self place; but where we are is hell, And where hell is, there must we ever be.

Christopher Marlowe
FAUSTUS: Where are you damn’d?
MEPHISTOPHILIS: In hell.
FAUSTUS: How comes it, then, that thou art out of hell?
MEPHISTOPHILIS: Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it:

FAUSTUS: Where are you damn’d? MEPHISTOPHILIS: In hell. FAUSTUS: How comes it, then, that thou art out of hell? MEPHISTOPHILIS: Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it:

Christopher Marlowe
Look, look, master, here comes two religious caterpillars.

Look, look, master, here comes two religious caterpillars.

Christopher Marlowe
FAUSTUS. [Stabbing his arm.] Lo, Mephistophilis, for love of thee,
I cut mine arm, and with my proper blood
Assure my soul to be great Lucifer's,
Chief lord and regent of perpetual night!

FAUSTUS. [Stabbing his arm.] Lo, Mephistophilis, for love of thee, I cut mine arm, and with my proper blood Assure my soul to be great Lucifer's, Chief lord and regent of perpetual night!

Christopher Marlowe
Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight, 
And burnd is Apollo's laurel-bough,
That sometime grew within this learnd man.

Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight, And burnd is Apollo's laurel-bough, That sometime grew within this learnd man.

Christopher Marlowe
Bene disserer est finis logices.
(The end of logic is to dispute well.)

Bene disserer est finis logices. (The end of logic is to dispute well.)

Christopher Marlowe
Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, 
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? 
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.— 
Her lips suck forth my soul; see where it flies...

Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.— Her lips suck forth my soul; see where it flies...

Christopher Marlowe
That perfect bliss and sole felicity, the sweet fruition of an earthly crown.

That perfect bliss and sole felicity, the sweet fruition of an earthly crown.

Christopher Marlowe
Virtue is the fount whence honor springs.

Virtue is the fount whence honor springs.

Christopher Marlowe
Thou from this land, I from myself am banish'd.

Thou from this land, I from myself am banish'd.

Christopher Marlowe
Philosophy is odious and obscure;
Both law and physic are for petty wits;
Divinity is basest of the three,
Unpleasant, harsh, contemptible, and vile.
'Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me.

Philosophy is odious and obscure; Both law and physic are for petty wits; Divinity is basest of the three, Unpleasant, harsh, contemptible, and vile. 'Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me.

Christopher Marlowe
Unhappy Persia, that in former age 
Hast been the seat of mighty Conquerors,
That in their prowesse and their policies, Have triumph over Africa.

Unhappy Persia, that in former age Hast been the seat of mighty Conquerors, That in their prowesse and their policies, Have triumph over Africa.

Christopher Marlowe
Infinite riches in a little room

Infinite riches in a little room

Christopher Marlowe
Heaven, envious of our joys, is waxen pale; 
And when we whisper, then the stars fall down 
To be partakers of our honey talk.

(Dido, Queen of Carthage 4.4.52-54)

Heaven, envious of our joys, is waxen pale; And when we whisper, then the stars fall down To be partakers of our honey talk. (Dido, Queen of Carthage 4.4.52-54)

Christopher Marlowe
Till swollen with cunning, of a self-conceit,
His waxen wings did mount above his reach,
And melting heavens conspired his overthrow.

Till swollen with cunning, of a self-conceit, His waxen wings did mount above his reach, And melting heavens conspired his overthrow.

Christopher Marlowe
That holy shape becomes a devil best.

That holy shape becomes a devil best.

Christopher Marlowe
MACHEVILL: I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.

MACHEVILL: I count religion but a childish toy, And hold there is no sin but ignorance.

Christopher Marlowe
If I be cruel and grow tyrannous,
Now let them thank themselves, and rue too late.

If I be cruel and grow tyrannous, Now let them thank themselves, and rue too late.

Christopher Marlowe
FAUSTUS: Bell, book and candle, candle, book and bell,
Forward and backward, to curse Faustus to hell.

FAUSTUS: Bell, book and candle, candle, book and bell, Forward and backward, to curse Faustus to hell.

Christopher Marlowe
I count religion but a childish toy
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.

I count religion but a childish toy And hold there is no sin but ignorance.

Christopher Marlowe
Where both deliberate, the love is slight; Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight?

Where both deliberate, the love is slight; Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight?

Christopher Marlowe
Accursed be he that first invented war.

Accursed be he that first invented war.

Christopher Marlowe
BALDOCK: To die, sweet Spenser, therefore live we all;
Spenser, all live to die, and rise to fall.

BALDOCK: To die, sweet Spenser, therefore live we all; Spenser, all live to die, and rise to fall.

Christopher Marlowe
TAMBURLAINE. [to BAJAZETH] Soft sir, you must be dieted, too much eating will make you surfeit. 

THERIDAMAS. So it would my lord, specially having so smal a walke, and so litle exercise.

TAMBURLAINE. [to BAJAZETH] Soft sir, you must be dieted, too much eating will make you surfeit. THERIDAMAS. So it would my lord, specially having so smal a walke, and so litle exercise.

Christopher Marlowe
BARABAS: For religion
Hides many mischiefs from suspicion.

BARABAS: For religion Hides many mischiefs from suspicion.

Christopher Marlowe
You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute,
And now and then stab as occasion serves.

You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute, And now and then stab as occasion serves.

Christopher Marlowe