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Yea, this man's brow, like to a title-leaf, foretels the nature of a tragic volume.-NORTH. I., 1.

You are too great to be by me gainsaid.-Mor. I., 1.

King Benry the Fifth.


As many

several ways meet in one town; as many fresh streams run in one self sea; as many lines close in the dial's center; so many a thousand actions, once afoot, end in one purpose, and be all well borne without defeat.-CANT. Act I., Scene 2.


Advantage is a better soldier than rashness.-MONT.


A fool's bolt is soon shot.- ORL. III.,


All things are ready, if our minds be so.-K. HEN. IV., 3.

A good heart, Kate, is the sun and moon; or, rather, the sun, and not the moon; for it shines bright, and never changes, but keeps its course truly.-K. HEN. V., 2.


Consideration like an angel came, and whipp'd the offending Adam out of him; leaving his body as a paradise, to envelop and contain celestial spirits.CANT. I., 1.


Every wretch, pining and pale before, beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks: a largess universal, like his liberal

eye doth give to every one, thawing cold fear.-CHOR. IV.

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Every man that dies ill, the ill is upon his own head. -WILL. IV., 1.

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Familiar in their mouths as household words.-K.



Give the devil his due.—ORL. III., 7.


How smooth and even do they bear themselves ! as if allegiance in their bosom sat, crowned with faith, and constant loyalty.-WEST. II., 2.

He is as full of valour, as of kindness; princely in both.-BED. IV., 3.

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Haply, a woman's voice may do some good, when articles, too nicely urg'd, be stood on.-Q. ISAB. V., 2.


If little faults, proceeding on distemper, shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye, when capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and digested, appear before us ?-K. HEN. II., 2.

Ill will never said well. -ORL. III., 7.

I and my bosom must debate a while.-K. HEN. IV., 1.


If it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.-K. HEN. IV., 3.

I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true,—the empty vessel makes the greatest sound.—Boy, IV., 4.

I had not so much of man in me, but all my mother came in mine eyes, and gave me up to tears.-EXE. IV., 6.


Miracles are ceas'd; and therefore we must needs admit the means, how things are perfected.—CANT. I., 1.

Many things, having full reference to one consent, may work contrariously.-CANT. I., 2.

Men are merriest when they are from home.K. HEN. I., 2.


Nice customs curt’sy to great kings.-K. HEN. V., 2.


O England !-model to thy inward greatness, like little body with a mighty heart, what might'st thou do, that honour would thee do, were all thy children kind and natural !-CHOR. II.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; or close the wall up with English dead! in peace, there's nothing so becomes a man, as modest stillness, and humility: but when the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger.—K. HEN.




Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat, to spoil and havoc more than she can eat.-WEST. I., 2.


Turn him to any cause of policy, the Gordian knot of it he will unloose, familiar as his garter.—CANT.




The strawberry grows underneath the nettle: and wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality: and so the prince obscur’d his contemplation under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt, grew like the summer grass, fastest by night, unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.-ELY, I., 1.

Therefore doth heaven divide the state of man in divers functions, setting endeavour in continual motion; to which is fixed, as an aim or butt, obedience: for so work the honey bees; creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom.-CANT. I., 2.

Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod. -NYM. II., 1.

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The gentler gamester is the soonest winner.-K. HEN. III., 6.

There is flattery in friendship.-Con. III., 7.

That's a valiant flea, that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.—ORL. III., 7.


There is some soul of goodness in things evil, would men observingly distil it out.-K. HEN. IV., 1.

Though they can outstrip men, they have no wings to fly from God.-K. HEN. IV., 1.

The man, that once did sell the lion's skin while the beast lived, was killd with hunting him.-K. HEN. IV., 3.

The Welshmen did goot service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps ; which, your majesty knows, to this hour is an honourable padge of the service; and, I do believe, your majesty takes no scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy's day.-FLU. IV., 7.

W We gather honey from the weed, and make a moral of the devil himself.-K. HEN. IV., 1.


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