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John Heywood

Birthdate: 1497
Date of death: 1580

John Heywood was an English writer known for his plays, poems, and collection of proverbs. Although he is best known as a playwright, he was also active as a musician and composer, though no musical works survive.

„Yes yes (quoth she) for all those wyse woordis vttred,
I know on which syde my bread is buttred.
But there will no butter cleaue on my breade.
And on my bread any butter to be spreade.
Euery promise that thou therin dost vtter,
Is as sure as it were sealed with butter.“

—  John Heywood

Yes yes, said she, for all those wise words uttered,
I know on which side my bread is buttered.
But there will no butter cleave on my bread.
And on my bread any butter to be spread.
Every promise that you therein do utter,
Is as sure as it were sealed with butter.
Part II, chapter 7.
Proverbs (1546)

„… Be they wynners or loosers,
… beggers should be no choosers.“

—  John Heywood

… Be they winners or loosers,
… beggars should be not choosers.
Part I, chapter 10.
Proverbs (1546)

„Children and fooles cannot lye.“

—  John Heywood

Part I, chapter 11.
Proverbs (1546), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
Variant: Children and fooles cannot lye.

„And while I at length debate and beate the bushe,
There shall steppe in other men, and catche the burdes,
And by long time lost in many vayne wurdes.“

—  John Heywood

And while I at length debate and beat the bush,
There shall step in other men, and catch the birds,
And by long time lost in many vain words.
Part I, chapter 3.
Proverbs (1546)

„Set the cart before the hors.“

—  John Heywood

Set the cart before the horse.
Part II, chapter 7.
Proverbs (1546)

„Prove your friend ere you have need, but in deed
A friend is never known till a man have need.“

—  John Heywood

Part I, chapter 11.
Proverbs (1546)
Original: (lb) Proue thy fréende er thou haue néede, but in déede
A fréende is neuer knoen tyll a man haue néede.

„A man may well bring a horse to the water,
But he cannot make him drinke without he will.“

—  John Heywood

Part I, chapter 11.
Proverbs (1546), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
Variant: A man may well bring a horse to the water,
But he cannot make him drinke without he will.

„Love me litle, love me long.“

—  John Heywood

Part II, chapter 2.
Proverbs (1546), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„By hooke or crooke.“

—  John Heywood

Part I, chapter 11.
Proverbs (1546), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Look before you leap.“

—  John Heywood

Part I, chapter 2.
Proverbs (1546)

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„A fooles bolt is soone shot.“

—  John Heywood

Part II, chapter 3.
Proverbs (1546), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„All thing is the woorse for the wearing.“

—  John Heywood

Part II, chapter 1.
Proverbs (1546)

„Be the day never so long,
Evermore at last they ring to evensong.“

—  John Heywood

Part II, chapter 7.
Proverbs (1546), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„To th' end of a shot and beginning of a fray.“

—  John Heywood

Part II, chapter 7.
Proverbs (1546), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Som thingis that prouoke young men to wed in haste,
Show after weddyng, that hast maketh waste.“

—  John Heywood

Some things that provoke young men to wed in haste,
Show after wedding, that haste makes waste.
Part I, chapter 2.
Proverbs (1546)

„She looketh as butter would not melt in her mouth.“

—  John Heywood

Part I, chapter 10.
Proverbs (1546), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„The wise man sayth, store is no sore.“

—  John Heywood

Part I, chapter 5.
Proverbs (1546), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Ka me, ka the, one good tourne askth an other.“

—  John Heywood

Serve me, serve thee, one good turn asks another.
Part I, chapter 11.
Proverbs (1546)
Variant: One good turne asketh another.

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