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ACTION - ACTORS.
Some place the bliss in action, some in ease, Those call it pleasure, and contentment these. 29
Pope : Essay on Man. Epis. iv. Line 21 Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
30 Fletcher : On an Honest Man's Fortune. Line 35. Only the actions of the just Smell sweet and blossom in their dust.
31 James Shirley: Death's Final Conquest. Sc. iii ACTIVITY - see Decision, Despatch, Energy, Promptitude
If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well
Shaks.: Macbeth. Act i. Sc. 7.
Shaks. : 3 Henry VI. Act v. Sc. 4. Take the instant way; ... For emulation hath a thousand sons, That one by one pursue. If you give way, Or hedge aside from the direct forthright, Like to an enter'd tide, they all rush by, And leave you hindmost. 34
Shaks.: Troil. and Cress. Act iii. Sc. 3 Celerity is never more admired Than by the negligent.
Shaks. : Ant. and Cleo. Act iii. Sc. 7 ACTORS — see Stage.
A strutting player, — whose conceit Lies in his hamstring, and doth think it rich To hear the wooden dialogue and sound 'Twixt his stretched footing and the scaffoldage. 36
Shaks. : Troil. and Cress. Act i. Sc. 3 What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba, That he should weep for her? What would he do, Had he the motive and the cue for passion That I have? He would drown the stage with tears, And cleave the general ear with horrid speech; Make mad the guilty, and appal the free, Confound the ignorant, and amaze, indeed, The very faculties of eyes and ears.
Shaks. : Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2. Will you see the players well bestowed? ... They are the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time. 38
Shaks. : Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2 The strolling tribe; a despicable race. 39
Churchill : Apology Line 206.
To wake the soul by tender strokes of art,
Pope : Prol. to Addison's Cato.
Shaks. : Henry V. Act iv. Sc. 3 ADIEU -- see Farewell, Parting.
If we do meet again, why, we shall smile;
Shaks.: Jul. Caesar. Act v. Sc. 1.
Byron: Ch. Harold. Canto . St. 13 ADMONITION — see Advice.
Sum up at night what thou hast done by day;
Herbert : Temple. Church Porch. St. 76.
Be wise with speed; A fool at forty is a fool indeed. 45
Young : Love of Fame. Satire ii. Line 282 ADVERSITY - see Affliction.
Such a house broke!
Shaks. : Timon of A. Act iv. Sc. 2
Shaks.. Timon of A. Act iv. Sc. 3 The great man down, you mark his favorite flies, The poor advanced makes friends of enemies. 48
Shaks. : Hamlet. Actii. Sc. 2 ADVERSITY.
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Shaks.: As You Like It. Act ii. Sc. i
Shaks.: Henry VIII. Act ii. Sc.l. Farewell, a long farewell, to all my greatness! This is the state of man; to-day he puts forth The tender leaves of hope -- to-morrow blossoms, Apd bears his blushing honors thick upon him; The third day comes a frost, a killing frost; And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely His greatness is a ripening, -- nips his root, And then he falls as I do.
Shaks.: Henry VIII. Act iii. Sc. 2. I have touch'd the highest point of all my greatness; And, from that full meridian of my glory, I haste now to my setting. I shall fall Like a bright exhalation in the evening, And no man see me more. 52
Shaks.: Henry VIII. Act iii. Sc. 2. I am not now in fortune's power: He that is down, can fall no lower.
Butler : Hudibras. Part I. Canto iii. Line 877. I have not quailed to danger's brow When high and happy --- need I now? 54
Byron : Giaour. Line 1035. Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe, Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast, Is that portentous phrase, “I told you so," Utter'd by friends, those prophets of the past, Who, 'stead of saying what you now should do, Own they foresaw that you would fall at iast, And solace your slight lapse 'gainst “bonos mores,” With a long memorandum of old stories. 55
Byron : Don Juan. Canto xiv. St. 50. The good are better made by ill, As odors crush'd are better still. 56
Rogers : Jacqueline. St. 3.
And fellow-countrymen have stood aloof -
Byron : Ch. Harold. Canto ii. 3+. 66.
Shaks.: Henry VIII. Act iii. Sc. 2. Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel : But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledged comrade. 59
Shaks.: Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 3. I shall the effect of this good lesson keep As watchman to my heart.
Shaks. : Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 3 Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. 61
Shaks. : Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 3.
Love all, trust a few,
Shaks.: All's Well. Act i. Sc. 1
Shaks. : Com. of Errors. Act ii. Sc. 1
I pray thee, cease thy counsel
Shaks. : Much Ado. Act v. Sc. 1.
Herrick : Aph. Caution in Councii. The worst men often give the best advice.
Bailey : Festus. Sc. A Village Feast,
1 Alluding to the wreckers of Cornwall.
AFFECTATION - AFFLICTION.
Maids, in modesty, say “No” to that
Shaks.: Two Gent. of V. Act i. Sc. 2
Pope : R. of the Lock. Canto iv. Line 31 In man or woman, but far most in man, And most of all in man that ministers And serves the altar, in my soul I loathe All affectation; 'tis my perfect scorn; Object of my implacable disgust. 69
Cowper: Task. Bk. ii. Line 415. AFFECTION - see Friendship, Love.
Why, she would hang on him,
Shaks. : Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
Shaks. : Venus and A. Line 387. Excellent wretch! perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! and when I love thee not Chaos is come again. 72
Shaks. : Othello. Act iii. Sc. 3 Some feelings are to mortals given, With less of earth in them than heaven; And if there be a human tear From passion's dross refined and clear, A tear so limpid and so meek, It would not stain an angel's cheek, 'Tis that which pious fathers shed Upon a duteous daughter's head.
Scott: Lady of the Lake. Canto ii. St. 22. Years have not seen – time shall not see The hour that tears my soul from thee. 74
Byron: Bride of Ab. Canto i. St. 11 AFFLICTION — see Adversity. Let the galled jade wince, our withers are unwrung. 75
Shaks. : Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.