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Antony and Cleopatra.


Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.-Eno. Act II., Scene 2.

Ah me, most wretched, that have my heart parted betwixt two friends, that do afflict each other ! -Oct. III., 6.

All strange and terrible events are welcome, but comforts we dispise; our size of sorrow, proportion'd to our cause, must be as great as that which makes it. -CLEO. IV., 13.


Better leave undone, than by our deed acquire too high a fame, when him we serve's away.—VEN. III., 1.

Be you not troubled with the time, which drives o'er your content these strong necessities; but let determin'd things to destiny hold unbewail'd their way.-Cæs.




Celerity is never more admir'd, than by the negligent. -CLEO. III., 7.


Every time serves for the matter that is then born in it.—Eno. II., 2.


Fortune knows, we scorn her most, when most she offers blows.—ANT. III., 9.


Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can her heart inform her tongue: the swan's down feather, that stands upon the swell at full of tide, and neither way inclines. -ANT. III., 2.

He, that can endure to follow with allegiance a fallen lord, does conquer him that did his master conquer and earns a place i’ the story.-Eno. III., 11.

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His bounty, there was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas, that grew the more by reaping.-Cleo. V., 2.

How poor an instrument may do a noble deed !CLEO. V., 2.



In time we hate that which we often fear.–CHAR. 3.

I must not think, there are evils enough to darken all his goodness: his faults, in him, seem as the spots of heaven, more fiery by night's blackness.—LEP.




I could have given less matter a better ear.-Pom.


I do not much dislike the matter, but the manner of his speech.-CÆs, II., 2.

It beggar'd all description.-Eno. II., 2.

I have not kept my square; but that to come shall all be done by the rule.-Ant. II., 3.

I do not like but yet, it does allay the good precedence; fye upon but yet. But yet is as a gaoler to bring forth some monstrous malefactor.—CLEO. II., 5.


I had as lief have a reed that will do me no service, as a partisan I could not heave.-2 SERV. II., 7.

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I have offended reputation; a most unnoble swerving. -Ant. III., 9.

I do not greatly care to be deceiv’d, that have no use for trusting.–CLEO. V., 2.

If thou and nature can so gently part, the stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts, and is desir'd. - CLEO. V., 2.


Let all the number of the stars give light to thy fair way !-LEP. III., 2.


your best love draw to that point, which seeks best to preserve it. --ANT. III., 4.


My sallad days; when I was green in judgment.CLEO. I., 5.

My power's a crescent, and my auguring hope says, it will come to the full.—Pom. II., 1.

Mine honesty shall not make poor my greatness, nor my power work without it.—ANT. II., 2.

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Men's judgments are a parcel of their fortunes; and things outward do draw the inward quality after them, to suffer all alike.-Eno. III., 11.

My desolation does begin to make a better life.CLEO. V., 2.


Now from head to foot I am marble-constant: now the fleeting moon no planet is of mine.-Cleo. V., 2.


O, then we bring forth weeds, when our quick minds lie still; and our ills told us, is as our earing.–ANT. I., 2.

Our fortune lies upon this jump.-CÆs. III., 8.



Read not my blemishes in the world's report.-ANT.



Speak to me home, mince not the general tongue.ANT. I., 2.

Small to greater matters must give way.—LEP. II., 2.

Some innocents 'scape not the thunderbolt.-CLEO. II., 5.


She shews a body rather than a life; a statue, than a breather.—MESS. III., 3.

Strange it is, that nature must compel us to lament our most persisted deeds.-AGR. V., 7.


There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd. — Ant. I., 1.

The nature of bad news infects the teller.-MESS. I., 2.

The present pleasure, by revolution lowering, does become the opposite of itself.—Ant. I., 2.

The tears live in an onion, that should water this sorrow.-Eno. I., 2.

Though age from folly could not give me freedom, it does from childishness.-CLEO. I., 3.

That which combined us was most great, and let not a leaner action rend us.--LEP. II., 2.

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