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To offer war where they should kneel for peace;
Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth,
Unapt to toil and trouble in the world,
But that our soft conditions and our hearts
Should well agree with our external parts ?

Act 5, Sc. 2.


Par. Your date is better in your pie and your porridge, than in your cheek.-Act I, Sc. I.

Clown. Though honesty be no puritan, yet it will do no hurt; it will wear the surplice of humility over the black gown of a big heart.-Act I, Sc. 3.

Hel. He that of greatest works is finisher,

Oft does them by the weakest minister :
So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown,
When judges have been babes.*-Act 2, Sc. I.

King. From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,

The place is dignified by the doer's deed. -Act 2, Sc. 3.

Ist Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together : our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherished by our virtues.—Act 4, Sc. 3.


* See Psalm viii. 2:“Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength ;” and St. Matthew xi. 25: “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."

Hel. All's well that ends well.-Act 5, Sc. I

King. Praising what is lost,

Makes the remembrance dear.Act 5, Sc. 3.

King. Oft our displeasures, to ourselves unjust,
Destroy our friends and after weep their dust.

Act 5, Sc. 3.

Ber. All impediments in fancy's course

Are motives of more fancy.—Act 5, Sc. 3.

TWELFTH NIGHT; OR, WHAT YOU WILL. Duke. If music be the food of love, play on;

Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again ! it had a dying fall :
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour ! Enough; no more :
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O spirit of love ! how quick and fresh art thou !
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe’er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute ! so full of shapes is fancy,

That it alone is high-fantastical.—Act I, Sc. I.
Sir T. I am sure care's an enemy to life.--Act I, Sc. 3.
Clo. Journeys end in lovers' meeting,

Every wise man's son doth know.-Act 2, Sc. 3.

Sir T. Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous,

There shall be no more cakes and ale ?-Act 2, Sc. 3.


Let still the woman take
An elder than herself; so wears she to him,
So sways she level in her husband's heart :
For, boy, however we do praise ourselves,
Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm,
More longing, wavering, sooner lost and worn,
Than women's are. -Act 2, Sc. 4.


She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm i’ the bud,
Feed on her damask cheek : she pin'd in thought,
And, with a green and yellow melancholy,
She sat like patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed ?
We men may say more, swear more : but indeed,
Our shows are more than will; for still we prove
Much in our vows, but little in our love.-Act 2, Sc.

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Mal. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.--Act 2, Sc. 5.

Vio. I pity you.
Oli. That's a degree to love.*-Act 3, Sc. I.


Oli. Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

Act 3, Sc. I.

Sebas. I can no other answer make but thanks,

And thanks, and ever thanks : and oft good turns
Are shuffled off with such uncurrent pay.

Act 3, Sc. 3.

* Thomas Southern, in “Orconoko," Act 2,




Do pity me:
Pity's akin to love.

Ant. In nature there's no blemish, but the mind;
None can be call'd deform'd but the unkind.

Act 3, Sc. 5.

Sir A. Let him alone, I'll go another way to work with him: I'll have an action of battery against him, if there be any law in Illyria : though I struck him first, yet it's no matter for that.-Act 4, Sc. I.

Clo. The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.

Act 5, Sc. I,



Calumny will sear
Virtue itself.-Act 2, Sc. 1.

Paul. The silence often of pure innocence

Persuades, when speaking fails. — Act 2, Sc. 2.

Paul. What's gone and what's past help

Should be past grief.-Act 3, Sc. 2.

Aut. A quart of ale is a dish for a king. -Act 4, Sc. 2.

Aut. My traffic is sheets; when the kite builds, look to lesser linen. My father named me Autolycus; who being, as I am, littered under Mercury, was likewise a snapper-up

of unconsidered trifles.--Act 4, Sc. 2.

Aut. Jog on, jog on, the footpath way,

And merrily hent the stile-a;
A merry heart goes all the day,
Your sad tires in a mile-a. -Act 4, Sc. 2.


Tell him plainly,
The self-same sun that shines upon his court
Hides not his visage from our cottage, but
Looks on alike. --Act 4, Sc. 3.

Cam. Prosperity's the very bond of love,

Whose fresh complexion and whose head together
Affliction alters. —Act 4, Sc. 3.

Aut. Ha, ha ! what a fool honesty is ! and trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman !-Act 4, Sc. 3.

I Gent.

The news, Rogero? 2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires. -Act 5, c. $2.


What fine chisel
Could ever yet cut breath ?-Act 5, Sc. 3.


Bas. And if his name be George, I'll call him Peter ;
New made honour doth forget men's names.

Act I, Sc. 1.

Aust. Courage mounteth with occasion.-Act 2, Sc. I.

Bas. That smooth-fac'd gentleman, tickling Commodity,

Commodity, the bias of the world ;
The world, who of itself is peised well,
Made to run even, upon even ground;
Till this advantage, this vile-drawing bias,
This sway of motion, this Commodity,

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