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And many an error, by the same example,
Will rush into the state : it cannot be,

M.V. iv. 1.
We are for law, he dies.

T. A. iii. 5.
It pleases time and fortune to lie heavy
Upon a friend of mine, who, in hot blood,
Hath stepp'd into the law, which is past depth
To those that, without heed, plunge into it. T. A. iii. 5.

Now, as fond fathers,
Having bound up the threatening twigs of birch,
Only to stick it in their children's sight,
For terror, not to use ; in time the rod
Becomes more mock'd than fear'd: so our decrees,
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;
And liberty plucks justice by the nose.

M. M. i. 4.
What's open made to justice,
That justice seizes. What know the laws,
That thieves do pass on thieves ? 'Tis very pregnant,
The jewel that we find we stoop and take it,
Because we see it; but what we do not see,
We tread upon, and never think of it.

M. M. ii. 1.
The bloody book of law
You shall yourself read in the bitter letter,
After your own sense.

0. i.3.
If by this crime he owes the law his life,
Why, let the war receiv't in valiant gore;
For law is strict, and war is nothing more. T. A. iii. 5.
Faith, I have been a truant in the law;
And never yet could frame my will to it;
And, therefore, frame the law unto my will.

H. VI. PT. I. ii. 4. But, I pr’ythee, sweet wag, shall there be gallows standing in England when thou art king ?—and resolution thus fobb’d as it is, with the rusty curb of old father antic, the law ?

H. IV. PT. 1. i. 2.
The usurer hangs the cozener.

K. L. iv. 6.
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

H. VI. PT. II. iv. 2.
Do as adversaries in law, strive mightily,
But eat and drink as friends.

T. S. i. 2. LEADER.

Another of his fashion they have not;
To lead their business.



Would he were fatter:-But I fear him not:-
Yet if my name were liable to fear,
I do not know the man I should avoid
So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much;
He is a great observer, and he looks
Quite through the deeds of men; he loves no plays,
As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music:
Seldom he smiles; and smiles in such a sort,
As if he mock'd himself, and scorn'd his spirit
That could be mov'd to smile at any thing.
Such men as he be never at heart's ease,
Whiles they behold a greater than themselves;
And therefore are they very dangerous.

J.C. i. 2.
O this learning! what a thing it is !

T. S. i. 2. Learning is but an adjunct to ourself.

L. L. iv.3. A mere hoard of gold, kept by a devil; till sack com. mences it, and sets it in use.

H. IV. PT. II. iv. 3 LEEK, THE Will you

mock at an antient tradition, begun upon an honourable respect, and worn as a memorable trophy of predeceased valour,—and dare not avouch in your deeds any of your words?

H.V. v. 1. LEERING.

I spy entertainment in her; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer of invitation.


Sirrab, your brother is legitimate:
Your father's wife did after wedlock bear him:
And if she did play false, the fault was her's;
Which fault lies on the hazards of all husbands
That marry wives.

K. J. i. 1. LENITY.

For what doth cherish weeds but gentle air ?
And what makes robbers bold, but too much lenity?

H. VI. PT. 111. ii. 6.
My gracious liege, this too much lenity

And harmful pity, must be laid aside. H.VI. PT. III, ii. 2. LETTER.

An' it shall please you to break up this, it shall seem to signify.

M.V. ii. 4.

LETTER, continued.

Why, what read you there,
That hath so cowarded and chas'd your blood,
Out of appearance ?

H.V.ii. 2.

Let us see:
Leave, gentle wax; and manners, blame us not. K.L. iv. 6.

Read o'er this;
And after, this; and then to breakfast, with
What appetite you have.

H.VIII. iii. 2.
Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words
That ever blotted paper.

M.V. iii. 2.
Why, thou picture of what thou seemest, and idol of

idiot-worshippers, here's a letter for thee. T.C. v.1. LIAR. LIES. Lying.

One that lies three-thirds, and uses a known truth to pass
a thousand nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice

A.W. ii. 5.
You told a lie; an odious, damned lie;
Upon my soul, a lie; a wicked lie.

0. v.2.
He will lie, Sir, with such volubility, that you would
think truth were a fool.

A.W. iv. 3.
Two beggars told me,
I could not miss my way:


folks lie,
That have afflictions on them; knowing 'tis
A punishment, or trial? Yes; no wonder,
When rich ones scarce tell true: To lapse in fulness
Is sorer than to lie for need; and falsehood
Is worse in kings than beggars.

Cym. iii. 6.
Let me have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen.

W. T. iv. 3.
Detested kite! thou liest.

K. L. i. 4.
These lies are like the father that begets them ; gross as
a mountain, open, palpable.

H. IV. pr. 1. ii. 4.
This same starved justice hath done nothing but prate to
me of the wildness of his youth, and the feats he hath done
about Turnbull-street; and every third word a lie, duer
paid to the hearer than the Turk’s tribute.

H. IV. Pt. II. iii. 2.
Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou.

T. iii. 2.
Whose tongue soe’er speaks false,
Not truly speaks; who speaks not truly, lies. K. J. iv. 3.

A very honest woman, but something given to lie; as
a woman should not do, but in the way of honesty.

A.C. v. 2.

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Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!

H. IV. PT. II. üïi. 4. HIS OWN DUPE.

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Who having, unto truth, by telling of it,
Made such a sinner of his memory,
To credit his own lie.

T. i. 2.

Blessed be those,
How mean soe'er, that have their honest wills,
Which seasons comfort.

Cym. i. 7.

As surfeit is the father of much fast,
So every scope, by the immoderate use,
Turns to restraint.

M. M. i. 3.
Thy life's a miracle.

K. L. iv. 6,
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

M. v. 5.
O gentlemen, the time of life is short;
To spend that shortness basely, were too long,
If life did ride upon a dial's point,
Still ending at th' arrival of an hour. H. IV. PT. I. v. 2.
I see, a man's life is a tedious one.

Cym. iii. 6.
Like madness is the glory of this life.

T. A. i. 2.
Reason thus with life:-
If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing,
That none but fools would keep.

M. M. ii. 1. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together:

: our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipp'd them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were pot cherished by our virtues.

A.W. iv. 3. The sands are number'd that make up my life.

HVI. PT. III. i. 4.
Life is a shuttle,

M. W. v. 1.
Thus play I, in one person, many people,
And none contented.

R. II. 5.
O excellent ! I love long life better than figs ! A.C. i. 2.


Think, ye see
The very persons of our noble story,
As they were living; think, you see them great,
And follow'd with the general throng, and sweat,
Of thousand friends, then, in a moment, see
How soon this mightiness meets misery! H. VIII. prologue.

It is silliness to live, when to live is a torment: and then we have a prescription to die, when death is our physician.

That life is better life, past fearing death,
Than that which lives to fear.

M, M. v. 1.
Thus, sometimes, hath the brightest day a cloud;
And, after summer, evermore succeeds
Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold :
So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet.

H. VI. PT. II. ii. 4.


you in the hopes of him: it is a gallant child; one that, indeed, physics the subject, makes old hearts fresh: they, that went on crutches ere he was born, desire yet their life, to see him a man.

Archidamus.—Would they else be content to die?

Camillo.—Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should desire to live.

Archidamus.-If the king had no son, they would desire to live on crutches till he had one. W. T. i. 1. LIGHT (See also Study).

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile:
So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.


And this same half-fac'd fellow, Shadow,-give me this man; he presents no mark to the enemy; the foeman may with as great aim level at the edge of a pen-knife: And, for a retreat,-how swiftly will this Feeble, the woman's tailor, run off! O, give me the spare men, and spare me the great

H. IV. PT. II. iii. 2. LIGIITNING (See also QUICKNESS):

Like the lightning, which doth cease to be,
Ere one can say,-It lightens !

R. J. ii. 2.
Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That, in a spleen, unfolds both heayen and earth;


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