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Yea, this man's brow, like to a title-leaf, foretels the nature of a tragic volume.—NORTH. I., 1.
You are too great to be by me gainsaid.-Mor. I., 1.
King Benry the Fifth.
As many several ways meet in one town; as many fresh streams run in one self sea; as many lines close in the dial's center; so many a thousand actions, once afoot, end in one purpose, and be all well borne without defeat.-CANT. Act I., Scene 2.
Advantage is a better soldier than rashness.--MONT. III., 6.
A fool's bolt is soon shot.-ORL. III., 7.
All things are ready, if our minds be so.-K. HEN. IV., 3.
A good heart, Kate, is the sun and moon; or, rather, the sun, and not the moon; for it shines bright, and never changes, but keeps its course truly.--K. HEN. V., 2.
Consideration like an angel came, and whipp'd the offending Adam out of him; leaving his body as a paradise, to envelop and contain celestial spirits.CANT. I., 1.
Every wretch, pining and pale before, beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks : a largess universal, like the sun, his liberal eye doth give to every one, thawing cold fear.—CHOR. IV.
Every man that dies ill, the ill is upon his own head. -WILL. IV., 1.
Familiar in their mouths as household words.-K. HEN. IV., 3.
Give the devil his due.-ORL. III., 7.
How smooth and even do they bear themselves! as if allegiance in their bosom sat, crowned with faith, and constant loyalty.-WEST. II., 2.
He is as full of valour, as of kindness; princely in both. --BED. IV., 3.
Haply, a woman's voice may do some good, when articles, too nicely urg'd, be stood on.-Q. IsaB. V., 2. If little faults, proceeding on distemper, shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye, when capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and digested, appear before us?-K. HEN. II., 2.
Ill will never said well.-ORL. III., 7.
I and my bosom must debate a while.-K. HEN. IV., 1.
If it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.-K. HEN. IV., 3.
I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true,—the empty vessel makes the greatest sound.-Boy, IV., 4.
I had not so much of man in me, but all my mother came in mine eyes, and gave me up to tears.—EXE. IV., 6.
Miracles are ceas’d; and therefore we must needs admit the means, how things are perfected.—CANT. I., 1.
Many things, having full reference to one consent, may work contrariously.-Cant. I., 2.
Men are merriest when they are from K. HEN. I., 2.
Nice customs curt’sy to great kings.-K. Hen. V., 2.
O England !-model to thy inward greatness, like little body with a mighty heart, —what might'st thou do, that honour would thee do, were all thy children kind and natural !-CHOR. II.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; or close the wall up with English dead! in peace, there's nothing so becomes a man, as modest stillness, and humility: but when the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger.-K. HEN. III., 1.
Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat, to spoil and havoc more than she can eat.-WEST. I., 2.
Turn him to any cause of policy, the Gordian knot of it he will unloose, familiar as his garter.—CANT. I., 1.
The strawberry grows underneath the nettle: and wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality: and so the prince obscur'd his contemplation under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt, grew like the summer grass, fastest by night, unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.-ELY, I., 1.
Therefore doth heaven divide the state of man in divers functions, setting endeavour in continual motion; to which is fixed, as an aim or butt, obedience : for so work the honey bees; creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom.-CANT. I., 2.
Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod. -Nym. II., 1.
The game's afoot.-K. HEN. III., 1.
The gentler gamester is the soonest winner.-K. HEN. III., 6.
There is flattery in friendship.-Con. III., 7.
That's a valiant flea, that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.—ORL. III., 7.
There is some soul of goodness in things evil, would men observingly distil it out.-K. HEN. IV., 1.
Though they can outstrip men, they have no wings to fly from God.-K. HEN. IV., 1.
The man, that once did sell the lion's skin while the beast lived, was kill'd with hunting him.-K. HEN. IV., 3.
The Welshmen did goot service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps ; which, your majesty knows, to this hour is an honourable padge of the service; and, I do believe, your majesty takes no scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy's day.-Flu. IV., 7.
W We gather honey from the weed, and make a moral of the devil himself.-K. HEN. IV., 1.