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Thomas Middleton

Data de nascimento: 28. Abril 1580
Data de falecimento: 4. Julho 1627


Thomas Middleton foi um dramaturgo inglês de teatro renascentista inglês.

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„My nearest
And dearest enemy.“

— Thomas Middleton
Anything for a Quiet Life (1621), Act v. Sc. 1. Compare: "Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven, Or ever I had seen that day", Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act i. Sc. 2.


„The worst comes to the worst.“

— Thomas Middleton
Act iii. Sc. 1. Compare: "Worst comes to the worst", Cervantes, Don Quixote, part i. book iii. chap. v.; Marston, The Dutch Courtezan, act iii. sc. 1.

„From the crown of our head to the sole of our foot.“

— Thomas Middleton
A Mad World, my Masters (1605), Compare: "From the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, 1 he is all mirth", William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, Act iii. Sc. 2.

„Hold their noses to the grindstone.“

— Thomas Middleton
Blurt, Master-Constable (c.1601), Act iii. Sc. 3. Attributed to Middleton, but possibly written or edited by Thomas Dekker. Compare: "Hold their noses to grinstone", John Heywood, Proverbes. Part i. Chap. v.

„Ground not upon dreams; you know they are ever contrary.“

— Thomas Middleton
Act iv. Sc. 3. Compare: "For drames always go by contraries", Samuel Lover, The Angel’s Whisper.

„Tis slight, not strength, that gives the greatest lift.“

— Thomas Middleton
Michaelmas Term (1602), Act iv. Sc. 1. Compare: "It is not strength, but art, obtains the prize", Alexander Pope, The Iliad, book xxiii. line 383.

„There is no hate lost between us.“

— Thomas Middleton
The Witch (1616), Act iv. Sc. 3. Compare: "There is no love lost between us", Cervantes, Don Quixote, book iv. chap. xxiii.; Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer (1771), Act iv.; David Garrick, Correspondence, 1759; Henry Fielding, The Grub Street Opera, act i. sc. 4.


„That disease
Of which all old men sicken,—avarice.“

— Thomas Middleton
The Roaring Girl (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1611), Act i. Sc. 1. Compare: "So for a good old gentlemanly vice,/I think I must take up with avarice", Lord Byron, Don Juan, canto i. stanza 216.

„From thousands of our undone widows
One may derive some wit.“

— Thomas Middleton
A Trick to catch the Old One (1605), Act i. Sc. 2. Compare: "Some undone widow sits upon mine arm", Philip Massinger, A New Way to pay Old Debts, act v. sc. 1.

„The world's a stage on which all parts are played.“

— Thomas Middleton
A Game of Chess (1624), Act v. Sc. 1. Compare: "All the world ’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players", Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act ii. Sc. 7.; "The world ’s a theatre, the earth a stage, Which God and Nature do with actors fill", Thomas Heywood, Apology for Actors (1612).


„A flat case as plain as a pack-staff.“

— Thomas Middleton
Act v. Sc. 3. Compare: "Plain as a pike-staff", Terence in English (1641); Buckingham, Speech in the House of Lords, 1675; Gil Blas (Smollett’s translation), book xii. chap. viii. John Byrom, Epistle to a Friend.

„A little too wise, they say, do ne’er live long.“

— Thomas Middleton
Act i. Sc. 1. Compare: "So wise so young, they say, do never live long", William Shakespeare, King Richard III, Act iii. Sc. 1.

„Let the air strike our tune,
Whilst we show reverence to yond peeping moon.“

— Thomas Middleton
The Witch (1616), Act v. Sc. 2. "I ’ll charm the air to give a sound, While you perform your antic round", Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act iv. Sc. 1.

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