Ambition hath one heel nailed in hell, though she stretch her finger to touch the heavens.

John Lyly (c. 1553-1606) was an English writer [also Lilly or Lylie]
Midas: A Comedy, Act 2, sc. 1 [Sophronia] (1592)

Sometimes misquoted as "nailed in well." Sometimes misattributed to Lao-tzu.
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2 Responses to Midas: A Comedy, Act 2, sc. 1 [Sophronia] (1592)

  1. Hugh Hyatt says:

    FYI, the version of this play that I found (, p 126) has this line being in Act 2, scene 1, not scene 2. Also the line numbering there appears to different from the source you used.

  2. Dave says:

    Scene number was a typo; for some reason I didn’t note the source, so I’ve added a new one.

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