Thomas Heywood (1575-1641), An Apology for Actors
Oh shallow! because such a man hath his house burnt, we shall quite condemne the use of fire; because one man quaft poyson, we must forbeare to drinke; because some have bean shipwrak’t, no man shall hereafter trafficke by sea. Then I may as well argue thus: he cut his finger, therefore must I weare no knife; yond man fell from his horse, therefore must I travell a foot; that man surfeited, therefore I dare not eate. What can appeare more absurd then such a grosse and sencelesse assertion?