26 John Webster Quotes On Life, Ambition, Wisdom And Friendship
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Poet lawyer
London, United Kingdom
John Webster was an illustrious English Jacobean dramatist, distinguished for his tragedies ‘The Duchess Of Malfi’ and ‘The White Devil’. His thoughts, works and dramas are considered to be the paragons of the early 17th century. It is known that he was also capable of writing comedies, but he gained recognition for writing tragedies. His career and life overlapped that of William Shakespeare. Though his dramas and plays were repudiated in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, they came to be considered as ingenious work by the twentieth century critics. We have rounded some popular quotable quotes and sayings by John Webster which have been curated from his works, plays, dramas, thoughts and life. Zoom through the quotes and thoughts by John Webster.
Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust
Like diamonds we are cut with our own dust Cover her face; mine eyes dazzle. She died young. I account this world a tedious theater,
For I do play a part in 't 'gainst my will. The weakest arm is strong enough that strikes with the sword of justice. The chiefest action for a man of great spirit is never to be out of action... the soul was never put into the body to stand still. What a strange creature is a laughing fool,
As if a man were created to no use
But only to show his teeth. Do you not weep?
Other sins only speak, murder shreaks out:
The element of water moistens the earth,
But blood flies upwards and bedews the heavens. Heaven-gates are not so highly arched
As princes' palaces; they that enter there
Must go upon their knees. Ambition, madam, is a great man's madness. I am Duchess of Malfi still. Oft gay and honoured robes those tortures try:
We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. Are you out of your princely wits?"
What's he? Let me have his beard sawed off and his eyebrows filed more civil! Integrity of life is fame's best friend,
Which nobly, beyond death, shall crown the end. What! because we are poor Shall we be vicious? Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together. Condemn you me for that the duke did love me?
So may you blame some fair and crystal river,
For that some melancholic distracted man
Hath drowned himself in’t. Think't the best voyage that e'er you made like an irregular crab which, though’t goes backward, thinks that it goes right, because it goes its own way. Pull and pull strongly for your able strength / Must pull down heaven upon me We had need to borrow that fantastic glass,invented by Galileo the Florentine
To view another spacious world in the moon
and look to find a constant woman there
If all my royal kindred
Lay in my way unto this marriage,
I'ld make them my low foot-steps
I know death hath ten thousand several doors
For men to take their exits; and 'tis found
They go on such strange geometrical hinges,
You may open them both ways: any way, for heaven-sake
When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons.
Black-birds fatten best in hard weather
As in this world there are degrees of evils,
So in this world there are degrees of devils.
We endure the strokes like anvils or hard steel,
Till pain itself make us no pain to feel. Through darkness diamonds spread their richest light.