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We must be brief, when traitors brave the field.

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An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.

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True hope is swift, and flies with swallows' wings; Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.

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A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!

*Often quoted thus

Act v.

Scene 4.

"A weak invention of the enemy,"

which is the expression used in the acting play.

Act v.

Scene 7.

I have set my life upon a cast,

And I will stand the hazard of the die.

Act v.

Scene 4.


New customs,

Though they be never so ridiculous,

Nay, let them be unmanly, yet are follow'd.

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Heaven is above all yet; there sits a judge

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I have touch'd the highest point of all my greatness;

And, from that full meridian of my glory,

I haste now to my setting. I shall fall
Like a bright exhalation in the evening,
And no man see me more.


Farewell, a long farewell, to all my greatness!
This is the state of man; to-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hope-to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost ;


And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a ripening,-nips his root,

And then he falls, as I do. I have ventur'd,
Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,
This many summers in a sea of glory;


But far beyond my depth: my high-blown pride
At length broke under me; and now has left me,
Weary, and old with service, to the mercy
Of a rude stream, that must for ever hide me.
pomp and glory of this world, I hate ye;
my heart new open'd: O, how wretched
Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favours!
There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to,
That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin,
More pangs and fears than wars or women have;
And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer,

I feel

Never to hope again.

Act III. Scene 2.

Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,

To silence envious tongues. Be just and fear not:

Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's,

Thy God's, and truth's.


Fling away ambition :

By that sin fell the angels.


Had I but serv'd my God with half the zeal
I serv'd my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies. Ibid.

An old man, broken with the storms of state,

Is come to lay his weary bones among ye.
Act iv. Scene 2.

So may he rest, his faults lie gently on him!


Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
We write in water.


He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one;
Exceeding wise, fair spoken, and persuading :
Lofty, and sour, to them that lov'd him not;
But, to those men that sought him, sweet as summer.

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He doth bestride the narrow world

Like a Colossus.

Act 1. Scene 2.

Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights.


Lowliness is


ambition's ladder,

Whereto the climber upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the utmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend.

Act II.

Between the acting of a dreadful thing,
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream.



When beggars die, there are no comets seen;




The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.
Act II. Scene 2.

Cowards die many times before their deaths;

The valiant never taste of death but once.

Of all the wonders that I


have heard,


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