Ben Jonson

English playwright, poet, and actor (1572–1637)

Ben Jonson (11 June 1572 – 6 August 1637) was a major poet and playwright in English Renaissance drama.

Ben Jonson

Sourced quotes

  • ”Art hath an enemy called Ignorance.”[1]
Simple: Ignorance is an enemy of art.
  • ”There shall be no love lost.”[2]
Simple: No love shall be lost.
  • ”The world knows only two,—that's Rome and I.”[3]
Simple: The world knows only Rome and I.
  • ”Calumnies are answered best with silence.”[4]
Simple: The best way to answer slanders is to be silent.
  • “He was not of an age, but for all time.”[5]
Simple: He was not just for one age; He was for all time.


  1. Every Man out of His Humour (1598), Act I, scene 1.
  2. Every Man out of His Humour (1598), Act II, scene 1.
  3. Sejanus (1603), Act V, scene 1.
  4. Volpone (1606), Act II, scene ii
  5. To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare (1618): Line 43.

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