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A collection of quotes and thoughts by John Webster on playwright, death, devil, diamonds, dust, cut, love, theology, writing-style, protestant, witty, wise and strange.

26 John Webster Quotes On Life, Ambition, Wisdom And Friendship

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Famous As: Playwright, Poet, Writer, Poet lawyer

Born On: 1578 AD

Died On: 1634 AD

Born In: London, United Kingdom

Died At Age: 56

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.
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Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust Like diamonds we are cut with our own dust

John Webster

Cover her face; mine eyes dazzle. She died young.

John Webster

I account this world a tedious theater, For I do play a part in 't 'gainst my will.

John Webster

The weakest arm is strong enough that strikes with the sword of justice.

John Webster

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.

John Webster

What a strange creature is a laughing fool, As if a man were created to no use But only to show his teeth.

John Webster

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.

John Webster

Heaven-gates are not so highly arched As princes' palaces; they that enter there Must go upon their knees.

John Webster

Ambition, madam, is a great man's madness.

John Webster

I am Duchess of Malfi still.

John Webster

Oft gay and honoured robes those tortures try: We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.

John Webster

Are you out of your princely wits?" What's he? Let me have his beard sawed off and his eyebrows filed more civil!

John Webster

Integrity of life is fame's best friend, Which nobly, beyond death, shall crown the end.

John Webster

What! because we are poor Shall we be vicious?

John Webster

Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.

John Webster

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.

John Webster

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.

John Webster

Pull and pull strongly for your able strength / Must pull down heaven upon me

John Webster

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

John Webster

If all my royal kindred Lay in my way unto this marriage, I'ld make them my low foot-steps

John Webster

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

John Webster

When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons.

John Webster

Black-birds fatten best in hard weather

John Webster

As in this world there are degrees of evils, So in this world there are degrees of devils.

John Webster

We endure the strokes like anvils or hard steel, Till pain itself make us no pain to feel.

John Webster

Through darkness diamonds spread their richest light.

John Webster