„A wise man poor
Is like a sacred book that’s never read,—
To himself he lives, and to all else seems dead.
This age thinks better of a gilded fool
Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom’s school.“

—  Thomas Dekker, Old Fortunatus

Old Fortunatus (1599).

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englischer Dramatiker 1572 - 1632

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