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Life every man holds dear; but the dear man
Holds honour far more precious dear* than life.

26-v. 3.

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Think'st thou it honourable for a noble man
Still to remember wrongs?

28-v. 3.

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Every good servant does not all commands:
No bond, but to do just ones.


31-v. 1.

Peace, in what sense a victory.

A peace is of the nature of a conquest;
For then both parties nobly are subdued,
And neither party loser.


The sight of sorrow, its effects.

19-iv. 2.

To see sad sights moves more, than hear them told; For then the eye interprets to the ear

The heavy motion, that it doth behold; When every part a part of woe doth bear, 'Tis but a part of sorrow that we hear.

Deep sounds make lesser noise, than shallow fords;

And sorrow ebbs being blown with wind of words.

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Honours, their dangers.

Too much honour:

O, 'tis a burden, 'tis a burden,

Too heavy for a man that hopes for heaven.


Worldly opinion of things.

25-iii. 3.

What things there are,

Most abject in regard, and dear in use!

What things again most dear in the esteem,
And poor in worth!

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The world is grown so bad,

26-iii. 3.

That wrens may prey where eagles dare not perch.


Affections, false.

Your affections are

24-i. 3.

A sick man's appetite, who desires most that,
Which would increase his evil.

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28-i. 1.

We wound our modesty, and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish


11-i. 3.

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Ere clean it o'erthrow nature, makes it valiant.
Plenty, and peace, breeds cowards; hardness ever

Of hardness is mother.


31-iii. 4.


A father

13-iv. 3.

Is, at the nuptial of his son, a guest

That best becomes the table.


Love betrays itself like murder.

A murd'rous guilt shows not itself more soon,

Than love that would seem hid: love's night is noon.

4-iii. 2.

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Proper deformity seems not in the fiend

So horrid, as in woman.

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34-iv. 2.

This is the monstruosity in love,-that the will is infinite, and the execution confined; that the desire is boundless, and the act a slave to limit.

26-iii. 2.


Dependance on the great fruitless.

Poor wretches, that depend

On greatness' favour, dream,

Wake, and find nothing.*

Many dream not to find, neither deserve,
And yet are steeped in favours.


Punishment due to the guilty only.

Why should the private pleasure of some one
Become the public plague of many mo?
Let sin, alone committed, light alone
Upon his head that hath transgressed so;
Let guiltless souls be freed from guilty woe,
For one's offence, why should so many fall,
To plague a private sin in general?

31-v. 4.



The power of guilt.

Great guilt,

Like poison given to work a great time after,
Now 'gins to bite the spirits.

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1 never gave him cause.

But jealous souls will not be answer'd so;

They are not ever jealous for the cause,

1-iii. 3.

But jealous, for they are jealous: 'tis a monster,
Begot upon itself, born on itself.

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A night is but small breath, and little pause,

To answer matters of deep consequence.

37-iii. 4.

20-ii. 4.

*"It shall ever be as when an hungry man dreameth, and behold he eateth, but he awaketh, and his soul is empty."-Isa. xxix. 8. † Gen. xlii. 21, 22.

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To my sick soul, as sin's true nature is,

Each toy* seems prologue to some great amiss:
So full of artless jealousy is guilt,

It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.


The right exercise of power.

36-iv. 4.

Hast thou command? by Him that gave it thee,
From a pure heart command thy rebel will:
Draw not thy sword to guard iniquity,
For it was lent thee all that brood to kill.

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Men must learn now with pity to dispense;
For policy sits above conscience.



15-i. 4.

27-iii. 2.


Love is not love,

When it is mingled with respects,† that stand
Aloof from the entire point.‡

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The venom clamours of a jealous woman
Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.

34-i. 1.




14-v. 1.

Through flinty Tartar's bosom would peep forth,
And answer, thanks.

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Old fools are babes again; and must be used

11-iv. 4.

With checks, as flatteries,-when they are seen abused.


No value in a name alone.

34-i. 3.

What's in a name? that, which we call a rose,

By any other name would smell as sweet.

35-ii. 2.

* Trifle. ti. e. With cautious and prudential considerations.

"Who seeks for aught in love but love alone?"


Right qualifications of man.

Is not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and such like, the spice and salt that season a man? 26-i. 2.


Friends, in what sense valuable. What need we have any friends, if we should never have need of them? they were the most needless creatures living, should we ne'er have use for them: and would most resemble sweet instruments hung up in cases, that keep their sounds to themselves.


An ill word often dangerous.

27-i. 2.

One doth not know,

6-iii. 1.

How much an ill word may empoison liking.



Passion, I see, is catching; for mine eyes,
Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine,
Began to water.


Mirth not suitable to sorrow.

Sad souls are slain in merry company;
Grief best is pleased with grief's society.
True sorrow then is feelingly surprised,

29-iii. 1.

When with like semblance it is sympathised.

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As the unthought-on accident* is guilty

To what we wildly do: so we profess

Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and fliest
Of every wind that blows.

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13-iv. 3.

Better leave undone, than by our deed acquire
Too high a fame, when him we serve's away.


The effect of over-indulgence.

What doth cherish weeds, but gentle air?

30-iii. 1.

And what makes robbers bold, but too much lenity?

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