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What perils past, what crosses to ensue,-
Would shut the book, and sit him down and die.


Decaying love, its effects.

When love begins to sicken and decay,

It useth an enforced ceremony.

19-iii. 1.

There are no tricks in plain and simple faith:
But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
Make gallant show and promise of their mettle :
But, when they should endure the bloody spur,
They fall their crests, and, like deceitful jades,
Sink in the trial.
29-iv. 2.

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O, world, thy slippery turns! Friends now fast sworn,
Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart,
Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and exercise,
Are still together, who twin, as 'twere in love
Unseparable, shall within this hour,

On a dissension of a doit, break out
To bitterest enmity: So, fellest foes,

Whose passions, and whose plots, have broke their sleep

To take the one the other, by some chance,

Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends, And interjoin their issues.

28-iv. 4.

405 Sorrow, heaviest when unaided by the tongue.

The heart hath treble wrong,

When it is barr'd the aidance of the tongue.

An oven that is stopped, or river staid,

Burneth more hotly, swelleth with more rage:

So of concealed sorrow may be said.


You were used

The effects of trials.


To say, extremity was the trier of spirits;
That common chances common men could bear;
That, when the sea was calm, all boats alike
Show'd mastership in floating: fortune's blows,
When most struck home, being gentle wounded,


A noble cunning.

28-iv. 1.


Female frailty.

Women are frail;

Ay, as the glasses where they view themselves;
Which are as easy broke as they make forms.
Nay, call us ten times frail;

For we are soft as our complexions are,

And credulous to false prints.

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The untainted virtue of your years

Hath not yet dived into the world's deceit :

No more can you distinguish of a man,

5-ii. 4.

Than of his outward show; which, God he knows,
Seldom, or never, jumpeth with the heart.


24-iii. 1.

Violent commotion.

Riotous madness,

To be entangled with those mouth-made vows,
Which break themselves in swearing!

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It oft falls out,

30-i. 3.

To have what we'd have, we speak not what we mean.



5-ii. 4.

You take my house, when you do take the prop
That doth sustain my house; you take my life,
When you do take the means whereby I live.


Danger of precipitancy.
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot,
That it do singe yourself:* We may outrun,
By violent swiftness, that which we run at,
And lose by over-running. Know you not,
The fire that mounts the liquor till it run o'er,
In seeming to augment it, wastes it?



Earthlier happy is the rose distill'd,

*Dan. iii. 22.

9-iv. 1.

25-i. 1.

Than that, which, withering on the virgin thorn,
Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness.

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Let still the woman take
An elder than herself; so wears she to him,
So sways she level in her husband's heart.
However we do praise ourselves,
Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm,
More longing, wavering, sooner lost and worn,
Than women's are.

7-i. 1.

4-ii. 4.

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Filial ingratitude!

34-iii. 4.

Is it not as this mouth should tear this hand,
For lifting food to't?

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If I am traduced by tongues, which neither know
My faculties, nor person, yet will be

The chronicles of my doing-let me say,

'Tis but the fate of place, and the rough brake* That virtue must go through.

417 Benefit of communication with friends.

25-i. 2.

You do, surely, but bar the door upon your own liberty, if you deny your griefs to your friend.


Human nature alike in all.

36-iii. 2.

Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? if you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? 9-iii. 1.


Good may be extracted from evil,

There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
Would men observingly distil it out;

*Thicket of thorns,

We may gather honey from the weed,
And make a moral of the devil himself.

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20-iv. 1.

Should dying men flatter with those that live?
No, no; men living flatter those that die.

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To fly the boar before the boar pursues,
Were to incense the boar to follow us,

17-ii. 1.

And make pursuit, where he did mean no chase.


Honour not exempt from detraction.

24-iii. 2.

Can honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a wound? No. Honour hath no skill in surgery then? No. What is honour? A word. What is in that word, honour? What is that honour? Air. A trim reckoning!-Who hath it? He that died o'Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. Is it insensible then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it.

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Bad is the trade must play the fool to sorrow,
Ang'ring itself and others.

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Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,

18-v. 1.

34-iv. 1.

More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child,
Than the sea-monster !*


Desirableness of meekness.

Who should study to prefer a peace,

34-i. 4.

If holy churchmen take delight in broils? 21—iii. 1.

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Thy Glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy Dial how thy precious minutes waste;

*The sea-monster, is the hippopotamus, the hieroglyphical symbol of impiety and ingratitude. Sandys, in his Travels, says, "that he killeth his sire, and ravisheth his own dam."

The vacant Leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning may'st thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy Glass will truly show,
Of mouthed graves will give the memory;
Thou by thy Dial's shady stealth may'st know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.

Look, what thy memory cannot contain,

Commit to these waste Blanks, and thou shalt find
Those children nursed, deliver'd from thy brain,
To take a new acquaintance of thy mind.
These offices, so oft as thou wilt look,

Shall profit thee, and much enrich thy book.


Greatness most exposed to scandal.

The mightier man, the mightier is the thing
That makes him honour'd, or begets him hate;
For greatest scandal waits on greatest state.
The moon being clouded presently is miss'd
But little stars may hide them when they list.


The crow may bathe his coal-black wings in mire,
And unperceived fly with the filth away;
But if the like the snow-white swan desire,
The stain upon his silver down will stay.

Poor grooms are sightless night, kings glorious day.
Gnats are unnoted wheresoe'er they fly,
But eagles gazed upon with every eye.

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Let me be ignorant, and in nothing good,
But graciously to know I am no better,

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5-ii. 4.

Kings are no less unhappy, their issue not being gracious, than they are in losing them, when they have approved their virtues.

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13-iv. 1.

When shall be think to find a stranger just,
When he himself, himself confounds, betrays
To sland'rous tongues the wretched hateful days ?*


Matt. vii. 1-5.

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