Poetry, in this latter Age, hath prov'd but a meane Mistresse, to such as have wholly addicted themselves to her, or given their names up to her family. They who have but saluted her on the by, and now and then tendred their visits, shee hath done much for, and advanced in the way of their owne professions (both the Law, and the Gospel) beyond all they could have hoped, or done for themselves, without her favour. Wherein she doth emulate the judicious, but perposterous bounty of the times Grandes : who accumulate all they can upon the Parasite, or Fresh-man in their friendship ; but thinke an old Client, or honest servant, bound by his place to write, and starve.
[@ Jonson, Timber: or, Discoveries (Herford 622)]
De Shake-
    I remember, the Players have often mentioned it as an honour to Shakespeare, that in his writing, (whatsoever he penn'd) hee never blotted out line. My answer hath beene, Would he had blotted a thousand. Which they thought a malevolent speech. I had not told posterity this, but for their ignorance, who choose that circumstance to commend their friend by, wherein he most faulted. And to justifie mine owne candor, (for I lov'd the man, and doe honour his memory (on this side Idolatry) as much as any.) Hee was (indeed) honest, and of an open, and free nature : had an excellent Phantsie ; brave notions, and gentle expressions : wherein hee flow'd with that facility, that sometime it was necessary he should be stop'd : Sufflaminandus erat ; as Augustus said of Haterius. His wit was in his owne power ; would the rule of it had beene so too. Many times hee fell into those things, could not escape laughter : As when hee said in the person of Caesar, one speaking to him ; Caesar, thou dost me wrong. Hee replyed : Caesar did never wrong, but with just cause : and such like ; which were ridiculous. But hee redeemed his vices, with his vertues. There was ever more in him to be praysed, then to be pardoned.
    In the difference of wits, I have observ'd ; there are many notes : And it is a little Maistry to know them : to discerne, what every nature, every disposition will beare : For, before wee sow our land, we should plough it. There are no fewer formes of minds, then of bodies amongst us. The variety is incredible ; and therefore wee must search. Some are fit to make Divines, some Poets, some Lawyers, some Physicians ; some to be sent to the plough, and trades.