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A poor unmanly melancholy, sprung

From change of fortune.


The world's large tongue

27-iv. 3.

Proclaims you for a man replete with works;
Full of comparisons and wounding flouts;
Which you on all estates will execute,
That lie within the mercy of your wit.


8-v. 2.

Art thou a man? thy form cries out, thou art;
Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote
The unreasonable fury of a beast:

Unseemly woman, in a seeming man!

Or ill-beseeming beast, in seeming both!
Thou hast amazed me:

I thought thy disposition better temper❜d.


35-iii. 3.

O, sir, we quarrel in print, by the book; as you have books for good manners: I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort courteous; the second, the Quip modest; the third, the Reply churlish; the fourth, the Reproof valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with circumstance; the seventh, the Lie direct. All these you may avoid, but the lie direct; and you may avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven justices could not take up a quarrel; but when the parties were met themselves, one of them thought but of an If, as If you said so, then I said so; and they shook hands, and swore brothers. Your If is the only peace-maker; much virtue in If. 10-v. 4.


O knowledge ill-inhabited! worse than Jove in a thatched house. 10-iii. 3.


This is a slight unmeritable man,

Meet to be sent on errands.

And though we lay these honours on this man,
To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads,
He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,
To groan and sweat under the business,
Either led or driven, as we point the way;
And having brought our treasure where we will,
Then take we down his load, and turn him off,
Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears,
And graze in commons.


29-iv. 1.

A very superficial, ignorant, unweighing fellow.


He ambled up and down

With shallow jesters, and rash bavin wits,
Soon kindled and soon burn'd:

5-iii. 2.

Had his great name profaned with their scorns;
And gave his countenance, against his name,
To laugh at gibing boys, and stand the push
Of every beardless vain comparative :
Grew a companion to the common streets,
Enfeoff'd himself to popularity:

That, being daily swallow'd by men's eyes,
They surfeited with honey; and began

To loathe the taste of sweetness, whereof a little
More than a little is by much too much.

So, when he had occasion to be seen,
He was but as the cuckoo is in June,
Heard, not regarded.


18-iii. 2.

I leave my duty a little unthought of, and speak out of my injury.


4-v. 1.

He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Diana: a nun of winter's sisterhood kisses not more religiously; the very ice of chastity is in them. 10-iii. 4.


My friends-they praise me, and make an ass of me; now, my foes tell me plainly I am an ass; so

that by my foes, sir, I profit in the knowledge of myself; and by my friends I am abused: so that, conclusions to be as kisses, if your four negatives make your two affirmatives, why, then the worse for my friends, and the better for my foes.


4-v. 1.

Hence shall we see,

If power change purpose, what our seemers be.


Why art thou old, and want'st experience?

5-i. 4.

Or wherefore dost abuse it, if thou hast it? 22-v. 1.


I am a feather for each wind that blows.


13-ii. 3.

Thou should'st not have been old, before thou

hadst been wise.


34-i. 5.

Well, whiles I am a beggar I will rail,


say, there is no sin, but to be rich;

And being rich, my virtue then shall be, say, there is no vice, but beggary.



Since I am crept in favour with myself,
I will maintain it with some little cost.


These old fellows

16-ii. 2.

24-i. 2.

Have their ingratitude in them hereditary:
Their blood is caked, 't is cold, it seldom flows;
T is lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind;
And Nature, as it grows again toward earth,
Is fashion'd for the journey, dull and heavy.


27-ii. 2.

Your speech is passion,

But, pray you, stir no embers up.

30-ii. 2.


Anger 's my meat; I sup upon myself,
And so shall starve with feeding.


28-iv. 2.

'Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself.

The best and soundest of his time hath been but rash; then must we look to receive from his age, not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted condition, but, therewithal, the unruly waywardness, that infirm and choleric years bring with them.


His discontents are unremovably

34-i. 1.

Coupled to nature.


I see no more in you, than in the ordinary
Of nature's sale-work.


27-v. 2.

10-iii. 5.

A man, whose blood

Is very snow-broth; one who never feels
The wanton stings and motions of the sense.


5-i. 5.

How green are you, and fresh in this old world!


16-iii. 4.

Things small as nothing, for request's sake only,
He makes important: Possess'd he is with greatness;
And speaks not to himself, but with a pride
That quarrels at self-breath; imagined worth
Holds in his blood such swoln and hot discourse,
That, 'twixt his mental and his active parts,
He in commotion rages,

And batters down himself: What should I say ?
He is so plaguy proud, that the death tokens of it
Cry-No recovery.

26-ii. 3.


No care, no stop! so senseless of expense,
That he will neither know how to maintain it,
Nor cease his flow of riot: Takes no account
How things go from him; nor resumes no care
Of what is to continue: Never mind
Was to be so unwise, to be so kind.

What shall be done? He will not hear, till feel.


27-ii. 2.

Alas, he is shot through the ear with a love-song; the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bowboy's butt-shafte.


35-ii. 4.

There should be small love 'mongst these sweet


And all this court'sy! The strain of man's bred out Into baboon and monkey".


You smell this business with a sense as cold

As is a dead man's nose.


He would make his will

27-i. 1.

13-ii. 1.

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What would you have me? go to the wars, would you? where a man may serve seven years for the loss of a leg, and have not money enough in the end to buy him a wooden one. 33-iv. 6.


They should be good men; their affairs ash righte


But all hoods make not monks.



25-iii. 1.

* Man is degenerated; his strain or lineage is worn down

to a monkey.

* Professions.

1 As, i. e. are.


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