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A noble nature may catch a wrench.

A prodigal course Is like the sun's; but not, like his, recoverable.

A very little thief of occasion will rob you of a great deal of patience.

A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.

A lower place, note well, May make too great an act.

Ambition, The soldier's virtue, rather makes choice of loss Than gain 'which darkens him.

A woman's fitness comes by fits.

All solemn things should answer solemn accidents.

A fish hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the law, 'twill hardly come out.

An thou canst not smile as the wind sits, thou’lt take cold shortly.

A good man's fortune may grow out at heels.

All that follow their noses are led by their eyes, but blind men.

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods;
They kill us for their sport.

Ay" and "no" too is no good divinity.


A man may see how this world


with eyes; look with thine ears.

A dog ’s obeyed in office.

At lovers' perjuries, they say, Jove laughs.

An old man is twice a child.


Assume a virtue, if you have it not.

A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.



Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

Best men are moulded out of faults.

Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye,
Not uttered by base sale of chapmen's tongues.

Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.

Be able for thine enemy Rather in power than use.

Be checked for silence, But never taxed for speech.

Blood will have blood : Stones have been known to move, and trees to

speak; Augurs, and understood relations, have By magot-pies, and choughs, and rooks, brought

forth The secret'st man of blood.

Before the curing of a strong disease,
Even in the instant of repair and health,
The fit is strongest.

By bad courses may be understood,
That their events can never fall out good.

Beggars, mounted, run their horse to death.

Blunt wedges rive hard knots.

Bounty, being free itself, thinks all others so.

“But yet” is as a gaoler to bring forth Some monstrous malefactor.

Better leave undone, than by our deed acquire Too high a fame, when him we serve 's away.

Bid that welcome Which comes to punish us, and we punish it, Seeming to bear it lightly.

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