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When the mind is quicken’d, out of doubt, the organs, though defunct and dead before, break up their drowsy grave, and newly move with casted slough and fresh legerity.-K. HEN. IV., 1.

What infinite heart's ease must kings neglect, that private men enjoy ?-K. HEN. IV., 1.

What art thou, thou idol ceremony? what kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more of mortal griefs, than do thy worshippers ? what are thy rents? what are thy comings-in ? o ceremony, shew me but thy worth? What is the soul of adoration ? Art thou aught else but place, degree, and form, creating awe and fear in other men? wherein thou art less happy being fear’d than they in fearing.–K. HEN. IV., 1.

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What's he, that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland ? —No, my fair cousin : if we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honour, God's will ! I pray thee, wish not one man more.-K. HEN. IV., 3.


Your own reasons turn into your bosoms, as dogs upon their masters, worrying them.-K. Hen. II., 2.

Yet, sit and see; minding true things, by what their mockeries be.-CHOR. IV.

Your reproof is something too round; I should be angry with you, if the time were convenient.-K. HEN. IV., 1.


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As plays the sun upon the glassy streams, twinkling another counterfeited beam, so seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes.-SUF. Act V., Scene 3.


Beauty's princely majesty is such, confounds the tongue, and makes the senses rough.—SUF. V., 3.


Civil dissention is a viperous worm, that gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.-K. HEN. III., 1.

Care is no cure, but rather corrosive, for things that are not to be remedied.-Puc. III., 3.



Defer no time, Delays have dangerous end.—ALEN. 2.


Fain would mine eyes be witness with mine ears, to give their censure of these rare reports. --Count. II., 3.



Glory is like a circle in the water, which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought.-Puc. I., 2.


I will not answer thee with words, but blows.-GLO. I., 3.

I see, report is fabulous and false.-Count. II., 3.

I find thou art no less than fame have bruited, and more than may be gather'd by the shape.-COUNT. II., 3.

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I have been a truant in the law; and never yet could frame

my will to it; and, therefore, frame the law unto my will.—SUF. II., 4.

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In these nice sharp quillets of the law, good faith, I am no wiser than a daw.-WAR. II., 4.

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Kings, and mightiest potentates must die; for that's the end of human misery.--TAL. III., 2.


Marriage is a matter of more worth, than to be dealt in by attorneyship.-SUF. V., 5.


One sudden foil shall never breed distrust.-CHAR. III., 3.

One drop of blood, drawn from thy country's bosom, should grieve thee more than streams of foreign gore. -Puc. III., 3.

0, too much folly is it, well I wot, to hazard all our lives in one small boat.-TAL. IV., 6.

Of all base passions, fear is most accurs’d.-Puc. V., 2.

S See the coast clearod, and then we will depart.MAY. I., 3.


The sun with one eye vieweth all the world.—Tal. I., 4.

Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens, that one day bloom’d, and fruitful were the next.-CHAR. I., 6.

The truth appears so naked on my side, that any purblind eye may find it out.-PLAN. II., 4.

These eyes,-like lamps whose wasting oil is spent, -wax dim, as drawing to an exigent.--Mor. II., 5.

Thou dost then wrong me; as the slaughterer doth, which giveth many wounds, when one will kill.-Mor. II., 5.

'Tis much, when scepters are in children's hands : but more, when envy breeds unkind division; there comes the ruin, there begins the confusion.—Exe. IV., 1.

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That which we have fled during the life, let us not wrong it dead.-CHAR. IV., 7.

To be a queen in bondage, is more vile, than is a slave in base servility.-MAR. V., 3.


Unbidden guests are often welcomest when they are gone.-BED. II., 2.


When a world of men could not prevail with all their oratory, yet hath a woman's kindness over-rul'd.–TAL. II., 2.

Who should study to prefer a peace, if holy churchmen take delight in broils ?-K. HEN. III., 1.

What madness rules in brain-sick men; when, for so slight and frivolous a cause, such factious emulations shall arise !-K. HEN. IV., 1.


What is wedlock forced, but a hell, an age of discord and continual strife? Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss, and is a pattern of celestial peace.-SUF. V., 5.

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