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Doctor Faustus woodcut from the 1620 titlepage

Christopher Marlowe: Quotes and Quotations


Above our life we love a steadfast friend.
Hero and Leander. l. 79.


Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?
Hero and Leander. l. 176.


Lone women, like to empty houses, perish.
Hero and Leander. l. 242.


Honour is purchas'd by the deeds we do.
Hero and Leander. l. 280.


Why, this is Hell, nor am I out of it.
Think'st thou that I, who saw the face of God
And tasted the eternal joys of heaven,
Am not tormented with ten thousand Hells
In being deprived of everlasting bliss?
Doctor Faustus. Scene III.


Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed
In one self place; for where we are is Hell,
And where Hell is must we ever be.
Doctor Faustus. Scene V.


And, to conclude, when all the world dissolves,
And every creature shall be purified,
All places shall be Hell that are not Heaven.
Doctor Faustus. Scene V.


Was this the face that launched a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Doctor Faustus.


Stand still, you ever-moving spheres of heaven,
That time may cease, and midnight never come.
Doctor Faustus. Scene XIV.


Accursed be he that first invented war!
Tamburlaine the Great, Part I. II. iv.


Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.
Tamburlaine the Great, Part I. IV. iv.


Virtue solely is the sum of glory,
And fashions men with true nobility.
Tamburlaine the Great, Part I. V. i.


A wound is nothing, be it ne'er so deep;
Blood is the god of war's rich livery.
Tamburlaine the Great, Part II. III. ii.


There is no sin but ignorance.
The Jew of Malta. Prologue.


Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.
The Jew of Malta. I.ii.


He that eats with the devil had need of a long spoon.
The Jew of Malta. III. iv.


Love me little, love me long.
The Jew of Malta. IV. vi.


The sight of London to my exiled eyes,
Is as Elysium to a new-come soul.
Edward II. I. i.


What glory is there in a common good,
That hangs for every peasant to achieve?
That like I best that flies beyond my reach.
The Massacre at Paris. I. ii.


Young oxen newly yoked are beaten more,
Than oxen which have drawn the plough before.
— Trans. of Ovid's Amores, Elegy II.







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