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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!

30-i. 3.

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It oft falls out,

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.


9-iv. 1.

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,

e Dan. iii. 22.

25—i. 1.

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

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7—i. 1.

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.


Filial ingratitude.

Filial ingratitude!

4-ii. 4.

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

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34-iii. 4.

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 brakef That virtue must go through.


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;

f Thicket of thorns.

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

20-iv. 1.

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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.



18-v. 1.

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


Filial ingratitude.

Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,

34-iv. 1.

More hideous, when thou shew'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 shew 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 shew,
Of mouthed graves will give thee 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 erow 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.


Kings, like other men.


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

h Matt. vii. 1---5.



Honour dearer than life.

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man
Holds honour far more precious-dear1 than life.

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

26-v. 3.

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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How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is

To have a thankless child!

i. Valuable.


34-iii. 2.

34-i. 4.

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