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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

2085 John Flether 1579-1625 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:John Fletcher (1579–1625)
QUOTATION:Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man
Commands all light, all influence, all fate.
Nothing to him falls early, or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, 1
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
ATTRIBUTION:Upon an “Honest Man’s Fortune.”
Note 1.
Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular all his life long.—Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, part i. sect. 2, memb. 1, subsect. 2. Burton also quotes Anthony Rusca in this connection, v. xviii. [back]