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309 A solemn air, the best comforter To an unsettled fancy.


1—v. 1.

The hearts, of old, gave hands;
But our new heraldry is—hands, not hearts.

311 Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.

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37-iii. 4.

34-i. 4.

15-iii. 5.

313 Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate; But certain issue strokes must arbitrate.*

15-v. 4.

314 Meat fills knaves, and wine heats fools.

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Unless it be to come before their time;
So much they spur their expedition.

2-v. 1.

317 Happy, in that we are not over-happy;
On fortune's cap we are not the very button.

36-ii. 2.

318 He that has no house to put his head in, such may rail against great buildings.

27-iii. 4.

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321 Conversef with him that is wise, and says little.

34-i. 4.

322 The hand of little employment hath the daintier


36-v. 1.

323 Love will not be spurr'd to what it loathes.

2-v. 2.

324 Ay and no, too, [is] no good divinity.‡ 34-iv. 6.

* Determine.

† Keep company.

2 Cor. i. 17--19.

325 He, that loves to be flattered, is worthy o' the


27-i. 1.

326 Men shut their doors against a setting sun.

27-i. 2.

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'Tis the strumpet's plague,

To beguile many, and be beguiled by one.

37-iv. 1.

330 Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.

35-ii. 3.


Receive what cheer you may;

The night is long, that never finds the day.

15-iv. 3.

332 Sad hours seem long.

35-i. 1.

333 One fire burns out another's burning,

One pain is lessen'd by another's anguish ; Turn giddy, and be holp by backward turning; One desperate grief cures with another's languish. 35-i. 2.

334 Men in rage strike those that wish them best.

37-ii. 3.

335 Dull not device by coldness and delay. 37—ii. 3.

336 We must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us.

36-v. 1.

337 One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

36-i. 5.

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339 He jests at scars, that never felt a wound.

340 Time and the hour* runs through the roughest

35-ii. 2.


15-i. 3.

341 To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield.

33-ii. 4.

342 One sin another doth provoke.

33-i. 1.

343 That, sir, which serves and seeks for gain,
And follows but for form,

Will pack, when it begins to rain,
And leave thee in the storm.

37-ii. 4.

344 Who by repentance is not satisfied, Is nor of heaven, nor earth.†

2-v. 4.


The devil hath power

To assume a pleasing shape.

36-ii. 2.

346 Many do keep their chambers, are not sick.

27-iii. 4.

347 Vaulting ambition o'erleaps itself.

15-i. 7.

348 Let go thy hold, when a great wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck with following it; but the great one that goes up the hill, let him draw thee after.

34-ii. 4.

349 Venus smiles not in a house of tears. 35-iv. 1.


Nought's had, all's spent,

Where our desire is got without content.

15-iii. 2.

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*Time and opportunity.


For these one pleased;

By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeased.

2 Cor. xi. 13, 14.

354 Words are words: I never yet did hear

That the bruised heart was pierced* through the


37-i. 3.

355 Come not between the dragon and his wrath.

34-i. 1.


Nature her custom holds,

Let shame say what it will.

36-iv. 7.

357 Wisely and slow: They stumble that run fast.

35-ii. 3.

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360 Feasts are too proud to give thanks to the gods.

27-i. 2.

361 0, what a world of vile ill-favour'd faults Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a-year!

362 The private wound is deepest.

363 Dry sorrow drinks our blood.


Is smooth'd by that below.

Every grizet of fortune

3-iii. 4.

2-v. 4.

35-iii. 5.

27-iv. 3.

2-i. 1.

365 Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.


Wisdom sees, those men

Blush not in actions blacker than the night,
Will shun no course to keep them from the light.

33-i. 1.


Crimes, like lands,

Are not inherited.

27-v. 5.

368 Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

35-iii. 1.

1-ii. 2.

369 Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.


There's warrant in that theft,

Which steals itself, when there's no mercy left.

*Pieced, made whole.

15-ii. 3.

ti.e. That the words of sorrow were ever cured by the words of consolation. Step, degree.

371 The appurtenance of welcome is fashion and


36-ii. 2.

372 When griping grief the heart doth wound,
And doleful dumps* the mind oppress,
Then music, with her silver sound,
With speedy help doth lend redress.

35-iv. 5.


Present fears

Are less than horrible imaginings.

15-i. 3.

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

34-ii. 2.

375 The younger rises, when the old doth fall.

34-iii. 3.

376 Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak aloud.

35-ii. 2.

377 Women may fall, when there's no strength in 35-ii. 3.


378 False face must hide what the false heart doth



The law is past depth

15-i. 7.

To those that, without heed, do plunge into it.

380 Why, let the strucken deer go weep, The hart ungalled play:

27-iii. 5.

For some must watch, while some must sleep;
Thus runs the world away.

36-iii. 2.

381 Honour is an essence that's not seen; They have it very oft, that have it not.

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384 Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.

15-ii. 1.

* Dumps were heavy mournful tunes (doleful ditties). Present fears are fears of things present, which every man has found to be less than the imagination presents them, while the objects are yet distant.

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