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a king; and eat of the fish that hath fed of that 36-iv. 3.
462 What need the bridge much broader than the
463 The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good
and ill together.
464 Fortune reigns in gifts of the world, not in the lineaments of nature.
For ever housed, where it once gets possession.
465 Slander lives upon succession;
466 Every fault's condemn'd, ere it be done.
467 'Gainst knave and thief men shut their gate.
It is not meet
That every nice* offence should bear his com
The justice and the truth o' the question carries
We are not the first,
Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the
471 To offend and judge, are distinct offices,
And of opposed natures.
472 All's not offence that indiscretion finds, And dotage terms so.
In every mess have folly, and the feeders
474 Though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold.
'Tis safer to
Avoid what's grown than question how 'tis born.
Men, that make
Dare bite the best.
Envy, and crooked malice, nourishment,
477 Pity is the virtue of the law,
And none but tyrants use it cruelly. 27—iii. 5.
478 The flighty purpose never is o'ertook, Unless the deed go with it.
479 A good and virtuous nature may recoil, In an imperial charge.*
When did friendship take
A breed for barren metal† of his friend?
481 Falsehood, cowardice, and poor descent; Three things that women highly hold in hate.
482 How much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at weeping?
Our very eyes
Are sometimes like our judgments, blind.
484 Foolery does walk about the orb, like the sun;
it shines every where.
485 Love yourself: and in that love,
Not unconsider'd leave your honour.
486 The art of our necessities is strange, That can make vile things precious. 34-iii. 2.
To be wise, and love,
Exceeds man's might.
488 We know what we are, but know not what we
* i. e. A virtuous mind may recede from goodness in the execution of a royal commission. † Interest.
Of the truth of this Hazael, king of Syria, affords a striking instance. See 2 Kings, viii. 12, 13.
Can snore upon the flint, when restive sloth
490 Who cannot be crushed with a plot? 11-iv. 3.
491 When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions.
We are such stuff
As dreams are made of, and our little life
493 What is he for a fool, that betroths himself to
494 Reputation;-oft got without merit, and lost
Briefly die their joys,
That place them on the truth of girls and boys.
We are made to be no stronger
Than faults may shake our frames.
497 When good-will is show'd, though it come too
The actor may plead pardon.
498 A double blessing is a double grace.
499 Where the greater malady is fix'd, The lesser is scarce felt.
500 All difficulties are but easy when they are
501 Notes of sorrow, out of tune, are worse
Than priests and fanes that lie.
502 Put armour on thine ears, and on thine eyes.
503 More pity, that the eagle should be mew'd,* While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
504 The sweat of industry would dry, and die,
But for the end it works to.
Men, that hazard all,
Do it in hope of fair advantages.
506 Every present time doth boast itself Above a better, gone.
507 Hope to joy, is little less in joy, Than hope enjoy'd.
508 Be that thou know'st thou art, and then thou
As great as that thou fear'st.
509 Fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
510 A great man's memory may outlive his life half
513 To show an unfelt sorrow, is an office Which the false man does easy.
514 What good condition can a treaty find I' the part that is at mercy?
515 Though fortune, visible an enemy, Should chase us; power no jot
Hath she to change our loves.
516 Lovers swear more performance than they are able, and yet reserve an ability that they never perform; vowing more than the perfection of ten, and discharging less than the tenth part of 26-iii. 2.
A tardiness in nature,
The love that follows us, sometimes is our
Which still we thank as love.
Let thy fair wisdom, not thy passion, sway.
To the noble mind,
Rich gifts wax poor, when givers prove unkind.
When once our grace we have forgot,
Then we do sin against our own estate,
526 Things, that are past, are done.
529 Fire that is closest kept, burns most of all.
530 They do not love, that do not show their love.
531 They love least, that let men know their love.
532 As jewels lose their glory, if neglected, So princes their renown, if not respected.
533 Treason is not inherited.
534 Love they to live,* that love and honour have.
* i. e. Let them live.