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George Chapman

(1559 – 12 May 1634 / Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England)

Quotations

  • ''Who to himself is law, no law doth need, Offends no law, and is a king indeed.''
    George Chapman (c. 1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Tragedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1910). Bussy d'Ambois, in Bussy d'Ambois, act 2, sc. 1, l. 203-4 (1607, rev. 1641). Addressing Henry III of France, in self-vindication after killing two men in a quarrel.
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  • ''Pure innovation is more gross than error.''
    George Chapman (1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. King Henry, in Bussy D'Ambois, act 1, sc. 2, l. 38 (1607).
  • ''For one heat, all know, doth drive out another, One passion doth expel another still.''
    George Chapman (c. 1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1914). Vandome, in Monsieur d'Olive, act 5, sc. 1, l. 8-9 (1606). Proposing to distract the countess Marcellina from her melancholy.

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Opinion

There is no truth of any good
To be discerned on earth ; and, by conversion,
Nought therefore simply bad; but as the stuff
Prepared for Arras pictures, is no picture
Till it be formed, and man hath cast the beams
Of his imaginous fancy thorough it,
In forming ancient kings and conquerors
As he conceives they looked and were attired,
Though they were nothing so: so all things here

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