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That thought is bounty's foe;

Being free* itself, it thinks all others so.

Advantage doth ever cool

27-ii. 2.

In the absence of the needer.

28-iv. 1.

387 Let mischance be slave to patience.

35-v. 3.

388 Nor ask advice of any other thought But faithfulness and courage.

33-i. 1.

389 Things of like value, differing in the owners, Are prized by their masters.f

27-i. 1.

390 Some falls are means the happier to arise.

31-iv. 2.

391 Things, bad begun, make strong themselves by


392 Wash off gross acquaintance.

15-iii. 2.

4-ii. 5.

393 In a false quarrel there is no true valour.

6-v. 1.

394 Woe, that too late repents.

34-i. 4.

395 The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, That it had its head bit off by its young.

34-i. 4.

396 He, that is strucken blind, cannot forget The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.

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399 To be honest, as this world goes, is man picked out of ten thousand.

400 To know a man well, were to know himself.

to be one 36-ii. 2.

36-v. 2.

* Liberal, not parsimonious.

† Are rated according to the esteem in which their possessor is


401 When devils will their blackest sins put on, They do suggest* at first with heavenly shows.


Full oft we see

Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.

37-ii. 3.

11—i. 1.


'Twas never merry world,

Since lowly feigning was call'd compliment.

4-iii. 1.

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

5—v. 1.


Bootless speed !

When cowardice pursues, and valour flies.

7-ii. 2.

406 Thus can the demi-god, Authority,

Make us pay down for our offence by weight.

5-i. 3.

407 Sorrow ends not, when it seemeth done.

17-i. 2.


Sin, gathering head,

Shall break into corruption.

19-iii. 1.

19-iii. 1.

409 Rumour doth double, like the voice and echo, The numbers of the fear'd.


Tyrant's fears

Decrease not, but grow faster than their years.†

33-i. 2.

411 Happier is he that has no friend to feed, Than such as do even enemies exceed. 27—i. 2.

412 The swallow follows not summer more willingly.. ... nor more willingly leaves winter; such summer birds are men.

With an imperial voice.

27-iii. 6.


Opinion crowns

26-i. 3.

414 To be a queen in bondage, is more vile, Than is a slave in base servility.

21-v. 3.

*Tempt.-2 Cor. xi. 14.

†Their suspicions outgrow their years; a circumstance sufficient.

ly natural to veteran tyrants.

415 Rhymes are guards on wanton Cupid's hose.

8-iv. 3.

416 Keep a gamester from the dice, and a good student from his book, and it is wonderful.

3-iii. 1.

417 Too much to know, is, to know nought but


418 That's a valiant flea, that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.

8-i. 1.

20-iii. 7.

419 Be in eye of every exercise.

2-i. 3.

420 Obedience bids, I should not bid again.

17-i. 1.

421 The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins Remorse from power.

29-ii. 1.

422 Who should succeed the father, but the son?

23-ii. 2.

423 A giving hand, though foul, shall have fair


8-iv. 1.

424 It is the show and seal of nature's truth, Where love's strong passion is impress'd in youth.

11-i. 3.

28-iii. 1.

425 Do not cry, havoc, when you should but hunt

With modest warrant.

426 Rich honesty dwells like a miser, in a poor house; as your pearl, in your foul oyster.

10-v. 4.

427 I had as lief have a reed that will do me no service, as a partizan* I could not heave.

30-ii. 7.

428 Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be

well used.

37-ii. 3.

5-ii. 4.

429 Let's write good angel on the devil's horn, "Tis not the devil's crest.†

* Pike.

†Though we should write good angel on the devil's horn, it will not change his nature, so as to give him a right to wear that crest.

430 Happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending.

6-ii. 3.

431 Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ.


36-ii. 2.

Woe doth the heavier sit,

Where it perceives it is but faintly borne.

17-i. 3.

25-iv. 2.

433 Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We write in water.

434 When rich villains have need of poor ones, poor ones may make what price they will. 6-iii. 3.

435 At seventeen years many their fortunes seek; But at fourscore, it is too late a week.

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437 One woe doth tread upon another's heel, So fast they follow.

36-iv. 7.

438 Time, that takes survey of all the world, Must have a stop.

18-v. 4.


It is as easy to count atomies, as to resolve the propositions of a lover.

10-iii. 2.



Of what it likes, or loathes.

Mistress of passion, sways it to the mood

441 Then all too late comes counsel to be heard, Where will doth mutiny with wit's regard.

17-ii. 1.

442 Virtue cannot so innoculate our old stock, but

9-iv. 1.

we shall relish of it.

36-iii. 1.

443 'Tis fond‡ to wail inevitable strokes, As 'tis to laugh at them.

28-iv. 1.

444 Thieves for their robbery have authority,

When judges steal themselves.

5-ii. 2.

*Numb. xxxii. 23.

† Motes.

+ Foolish.

445 It is a great sin, to swear unto a sin; But greater sin to keep a sinful oath.

33-v. 3.

446 Borrow'd passion stands for true old woe.

33-iv. 4.

447 Worse than the sun in March, This praise doth nourish agues.

38-iv. 6.

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2-iii. 1.

450 Scorn at first, makes after-love the more.

451 O miserable age! Virtue is not regarded in


22-iv. 2.

452 Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones. 33-ii. 1. 453 O, how full of briars is this working-day world!

10-i. 3.

454 'Tis safer to be that which we destroy, Than, by destruction, dwell in doubtful joy.

15-iii. 2.

13-ii. 2.

455 Here's such ado to make no stain a stain, As passes colouring.

456 Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

4-ii. 5.

457 Merry larks are ploughman's clocks.

8-v. 2.

458 I run before my horse to market.

24-i. 1.

459 To business that we love, we rise betime, And go to it with delight.

30-iv. 4.


Brevity is the soul of wit,

And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes.

36-ii. 2.

461 A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of

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