Philip Massinger (1583 – March 17, 1640) was an English dramatist. His finely plotted plays, including A New Way to Pay Old Debts, The City Madam and The Roman Actor are noted for their satire, realism, and political and social themes.
- The good needs fear no law,
It is his safety and the bad man's awe.
- Death hath a thousand doors to let out life.
- Be wise;
Soar not too high to fall; but stoop to rise.
- Duke of Milan (1623), Act I, scene ii.
- Some undone widow sits upon mine arm,
And takes away the use of it; and my sword,
Glued to my scabbard with wronged orphans' tears,
Will not be drawn.
- A New Way to pay Old Debts (1625), Act v. Sc. 1. Compare: "From thousands of our undone widows / One may derive some wit", Thomas Middleton, A Trick to catch the Old One (1605), Act i, Scene 2.
- Cause me no causes.
- A New Way to Pay Old Debts (1625), act i. sc. 3. See X me no X's.
- This many-headed monster,
The giddy multitude.
- Grim death.
- But in our Sanazarro 'tis not so,
He being pure and tried gold; and any stamp
Of grace, to make him current to the world,
The duke is pleased to give him, will add honour
To the great bestower; for he, though allow'd
Companion to his master, still preserves
His majesty in full lustre.
- Great Duke of Florence (1627), Act I, scene 1.
- Like a rough orator, that brings more truth
Than rhetoric, to make good his accusation.
- Great Duke of Florence (1627).
- What a sea
Of melting ice I walk on!
- The Maid of Honour, (c. 1621; printed 1632), Act III, scene 3.