George Chapman

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

George Chapman Quotes

  • ''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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Courage

Give me a spirit that on this life's rough sea
Loves to have his sails filled with a lusty wind
Even till his sailyards tremble, his masts crack,
And his rapt ship runs on her side so low

That she drinks water, and her keel ploughs air;
There is no danger to a man that knows
What life and death is, - there is no law
Exceeds his knowledge: neither is it lawful

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