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John Heywood (1497 – 1580)


English writer known for his plays, poems, and collection of proverbs.
John Heywood
The nere to the churche, the ferther from God.
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Who hopeth in Gods helpe, his helpe can not starte:
Nothing is impossible to a willyng hart,
And will maie wyn my herte, herein to consent,
To take all thinges as it cometh, and be content.
Heywood
Marke ye, how she hitteth me on the thombis (quoth hée)
And ye taunt me tyt ouer thumb (quoth shée)
Sens tyt for tat (quoth I) on euen hand is set.




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Som thingis that prouoke young men to wed in haste,
Show after weddyng, that hast maketh waste.
Heywood John
Looke or ye leape.
John Heywood quotes
... Better is to boow then breake.
It hurteth not the tounge to geue fayre wurdis.
The rough net is not the best catcher of Burdis.
Sense ye can nought wyn, if ye can not please,
Best is to suffre: For of sufferance comth ease.
John Heywood
She speaketh as she would créepe into your bosome.
And when the meale mouth hath woon the bottome
of your stomake, than will the pickthanke it tell
To your most enmies, you to bye and fell.
To tell tales out of schoole, that is hir great lust.
Looke what she knowth, blab it wist, out it must.
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Ye set circumquaques to make me beleue
Or thinke, that the moone is made of gréene chéese.
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Nought venter nought haue. spare to speake spare to spéede.
Vnknowne vnkyst. it is loste that is vnsought.
As good séeke nought (quoth I) as seeke and finde nought.
Heywood John
Two heddis are better then one.
John Heywood
Time is tickell, and out of sight out of minde.
Than catche and holde while I may, fast binde fast finde.




John Heywood quotes
Ill wéede growth fast.
John Heywood
And also I shall to reueng former hurtis,
Hold their noses to grinstone, and syt on theyr skurtis.
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Set the cart before the hors.
Heywood John
Children and fooles can not ly.
Heywood John quotes
Ye can not sée the wood for trées.
John Heywood
The loss of wealth is loss of dirt,
As sages in all times assert;
The happy man's without a shirt.
John Heywood quotes
This hitteth the nayle on the hed.
John Heywood
For whan I gaue you an ynche, ye tooke an ell.
Heywood John
Ka me, ka the, one good tourne askth an other.


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