Beaumont and Fletcher

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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
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Beaumont and Fletcher were the English dramatists Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, who collaborated in their writing during the reign of James I.


  • Great things thro' greatest
    hazards are achiev'd,
    And then they shine.
    • Loyal Subject
  • It is always good
    When a man has two irons in the fire.
    • The Faithful Friends (c. 1608), Act I, sc. ii
  • As cold as cucumbers.
    • Cupid's Revenge (1615), Act I, sc. i
  • Kiss till the cow comes home.
    • Scornful Lady (1616), Act III, sc. i
  • There is a method in man's wickedness—
    It grows up by degrees.
    • A King and No King (1619), Act V, sc. iv
  • Upon my buried body lie lightly, gentle earth.
    • The Maid's Tragedy (1619), Act I, sc. ii
  • Philaster: Oh, but thou dost not know
    What 'tis to die.
    Bellario: Yes, I do know, my lord:
    'Tis Less than to be born, a lasting sleep;
    A quiet resting from all jealousy
    A thing we all pursue; I know, besides,
    'Tis but a giving over of a game
    That must be lost.
    • Philaster (1620), Act III sc. ii
  • The devil take the hindmost!
    • Philaster (1620), Act V
  • Calamity is man's true touchstone.
    • Four Playsin One. The Triumph of Honor (1647), sc. i
  • Though I say it that should not say it.
    • Wit at Several Weapons, Act II, sc. ii
  • You are no better than you should be.
    • The Coxcomb, Act IV, scene iii
  • I care not two-pence.
    • The Coxcomb, Act IV, scene iii

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