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The thorny point of bare distress hath ta'en from me the show of smooth civility.-ORL. II., 7.

Thou seest, we are not all alone unhappy; this wide and universal theatre presents more woeful pageants than the scene wherein we play in.-DUKE S. II., 7.

'Tis a word too great for any mouth of this age's size. -CEL. III., 2.

There's no true lover in the forest; else sighing every minute, and groaning every hour, would detect the lazy foot of time, as well as a clock.-Ros. III., 2.

'Tis good to be sad and say nothing.—JAQ. IV., 1.

To have seen much, and to have nothing, is to have rich eyes and poor hands.-Ros. IV., 1.

Time is the old justice that examines all such offenders, and let time try.-Ros. IV., 1.

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.-TOUCH. V., 1.


Under the greenwood tree,
Who loves to lie with me,

And tune his merry note

Unto the sweet bird's throat.-AMI. II., 5.


What passion hangs these weights upon my tongue ? -ORL. I., 2.


Were I not the better part made mercy, I should not seek an absent argument of my revenge, thou present. -DUKE F. III., 1.

Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight?—PHE.

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Wherever sorrow is, relief would be; if sorrow at my grief in love, by giving love, your sorrow and my grief were both extermin'd.-SIL. III., 5.

Words do well, when he that speaks them pleases those that hear.-PHE. III., 5.


Your gentleness more than your force move us to gentleness.-DUKE S. II., 7.

You shall never take her without her answer, unless you take her without her tongue.—Ros. IV., 1.

Measure for Measure.


As surfeit is the father of much fast, so every scope by the immoderate use, turns to restraint.-CLAUD. Act I., Scene 3.

All the souls that were, were forfeit once; and He that might the vantage best have took, found out the remedy: how would you be, if he, which is the top of judgment, should but judge you as you are? O, think on that; and mercy then will breathe within your lips, like man new made.-ISAB. II., 2.

Ay, but to die, and go we know not where; to lie in cold obstruction, and to rot.-CLAUD. III., 1.


Best men are moulded out of faults.-MARI. V., 1.


Good counsellors lack no clients.-CLO. I., 2.


Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; not light them for themselves: for if our virtues did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike as if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd, but to fine issues: nor nature never lends the smallest scruple of her excellence, but like a thrifty goddess, she determines herself the glory of a creditor, both thanks and use.-DUKE, I., 1.


I love the people, but do not like to stage me to their eyes.-DUKE, I., 1.

It is excellent to have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.—ISAB. II., 2.

Ignominy in ransom, and free pardon, are of two houses lawful mercy is nothing akin to foul redemption.-ISAB. II., 4.

It oft falls out, to have what we'd have, we speak not what we mean.-ISAB. II., 4.


Let there be some more test made of my metal, before so noble and so great a figure be stamp'd upon it.-ANG. I., 1.


Man, proud man! drest in a little brief authority; most ignorant of what he's most assur'd, his glassy essence, like an angry ape, plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven, as make the angels weep.-ISAB. II., 2.

Make not impossible that which but seems unlike.— ISAB. V., 1.


Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.-LUCIO. I., 5.


Pardon it; the phrase is to the matter.-ISAB. V.,1.


Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.-ESCAL. II., 1.


The heavens give safety to your purposes !-ANG. I., 1.

Though you change your place, you need not change your trade.-CLO. I., 2.

"Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, another thing to fall.-ANG. II., 1.

The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope. -CLAUD. III., I.

The poor beetle, that we tread upon, in corporal sufferance finds a pang as great as when a giant dies. -ISAB. III., 1.

Truth is truth to the end of reckoning.-ISAB. V., 1.

That life is better life, past fearing death, than that which lives to fear.-DUKE, V., 1.


Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.-DUKE, III., 1.


We must not make a scare-crow of the law, setting it up to fear the birds of prey, and let it keep one shape, till custom make it their perch, and not their terror.ANG. II.,


What's yet in this, that bears the name of life? yet

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