Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?
from Shakespeare's Othello:
"I had rather be a toad
And live upon the vapor of a dungeon
Than keep a corner in the thing I love
For others' uses."
"O monstrous world! Take note, take note, o world,
To be direct and honest is not safe!"
(~Iago, Act III, Scene 3)
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616) _All's Well That Ends Well_ IV.v
A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good livery of honour; so belike is that.
Assume a virtue, if you have it not. -- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
"Action is eloquence."
- William Shakespeare
Juliet: What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
-- (Romeo and Juliet Act II, scene ii)
Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
-- Shakespeare's Othello
"A good wench, give it me!"
-Iago, from Othello II.iii
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
Othello (1602-4) act 3, sc. 3, l. 155
In their continuances will not feed themselves.
-- King John, Act 5, Scene 7
Doubt thou the stars are fine
Doubt that the sun doth move
Doubt truth be a liar
But never doubt I love
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
Some men never seem to grow old. Always active in thought, always ready to adopt new ideas, they are never chargeable with foggyism. Satisfied, yet ever dissatisfied, settled, yet ever unsettled, they always enjoy the best of what is, are the first to find the best of what will be.
It is meant that noble minds keep ever with their likes; for who so firm that cannot be seduced.
Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits.
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
In time we hate that which we often fear.
He is not great who is not greatly good.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.
There is a history in all men's lives.
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit.
Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country, as the behavior of the country is most mockable at the court.
There's not one wise man among twenty will praise himself.
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
Each present joy or sorrow seems the chief.
Strong reasons make strong actions.
Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
Gold is worse poison to a man's soul, doing more murders in this loathsome world, than any mortal drug.
It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
We know what we are, but not what we may be.
I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.
"Ah, that death would annihilate it, it would be infinitely preferable to the world as it is. Ah, but there lies the rub!" - Shakespeare
This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
-- William Shakespeare
Ophelia: 'Tis brief my lord?
Hamlet: As a woman's love.
-- William Shakespheare (Hamlet)
He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.
-- William Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act I, scene 2)
What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! -- William Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act II, scene 2)
"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."
- Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare.
Act II, Scene II, lines 220-221
'Tis a common proof, that lowliness is a Edward Young ambition's ladder, whereto the climber upwards turns his face; but when he once attains the utmost round, he then unto the ladder turns his back, looks into the clouds scorning the base degrees by which he did ascend.
'Tis in my memory lock'd, And you yourself shall keep the key of it.
'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
'Tis the mind that makes the body rich.
... and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
I served my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.
"The course of true love never did run smooth."
"This music crept by me upon the waters, allaying both their fury, and my passion, with its sweet air."
"How sour sweet music is when time is broke and no proportion kept! So is it in the music of men's lives."
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep.
from the Tempest, Prospero said it to Ferdinand and Miranda at the play performed by the spirits
"Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear, to dig the dust enclosèd here. Blest be the man that spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my bones."
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