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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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„I smell a rat.“

—  Thomas Middleton
Blurt, Master-Constable (c. 1601), Act iii. Sc. 3. Compare: "I smell a rat", Ben Jonson, Tale of a Tub, act iv. Sc. 3; Samuel Butler, Hudibras, part i. canto i. line 281; "I begin to smell a rat", Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, book iv. chap. x.


„By many a happy accident.“

—  Thomas Middleton
No Wit, no Help, like a Woman's (1611), Act ii. Sc. 2. Compare: "A happy accident", Madame de Staël, L'Allemagne, chap. xvi. Cervantes, Don Quixote, book iv. part ii. chap. lvii.

„The better day, the better deed.“

—  Thomas Middleton
Act iii. Sc. 1. Compare: "The better day, the worse deed", Mathew Henry, Commentaries, Genesis iii.

„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.

„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.

„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.

„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).

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