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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

Beaumont and Fletcher

Calamity is man’s true touchstone.

Devil take the hindmost.

Discretion / And hard valour are the twins of honour, / And, nursed together, make a conqueror; / Divided, but a talker.

Discretion, the best part of valour.

Man is his own star, and the soul that can / Render an honest and a perfect man, / Commands all light, all influence, all fate; / Nothing to him falls early or too late.

No friend a friend until he shall prove a friend.

Nothing is a misery, / Unless our weakness apprehend it so; / We cannot be more faithful to ourselves / In anything that’s manly, than to make / Ill-fortune as contemptible to us / As it makes us to others.

Nothing is thought rare / Which is not new and followed; yet we know / That what was worn some twenty years ago / Comes into grace again.

Our natures are like oil; compound us with anything, yet still we strive to swim upon the top.

There is a method in man’s wickedness, / It grows by degrees.

They that are above have ends in everything.