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deserve : But, since you teach me how to flatter you, Imagine I have said farewell already.
K. RICHARD III, A. 1, s. 2.
BEAUTY WITHOUT PRINCIPLE.
Were not in fault, for she was beautiful;
that heard her flattery; nor my heart, That thought her like her seeming: it had been
vicious, To have mistrusted her.
CYMBELINE, A. 5, s. 5.
BEGETTING A KNOWLEDGE OF
am, By so much shall I falsify men's hopes;
And, like bright metal on a sullen ground,
K. HENRY IV., PART II., A. 1, s. 2.
BEGGING A PARENT'S PRAYERS. O THOU, the earthly author of my blood, Whose youthful spirit, in me regenerate, Doth with a two-fold vigour lift me up To reach at victory above my head, Add proof unto mine armour with thy prayers ; And with thy blessings steel my lance's point.
K. RICHARD 11., A. 1, s. 3.
BETTER FOR THE HEART TO RE
LIEVE THE HEAD, THAN FOR THE LATTER TO BREAK THE FORMER.
I PRAY thee, cease thy counsel, Which falls into mine ears as profitless As water in a sieve: give not me counsel ; Nor let no comforter delight mine ear, But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine. Bring me a father, that so lov'd his child, Whose joy of her is overwhelm'd like mine, And bid him speak of patience; Measure his woe the length and breadth of mine, And let it answer every strain for strain; As thus for thus, and such a grief for such, In every lineament, branch, shape, and form:
If such a one will smile, and stroke his beard: Cry-sorrow, wag! and hem, when he should
groan; Patch grief with proverbs; make misfortune
I will be flesh and blood;
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, A. 5, s. 1.
BETTER NEVER TO RISE, THAN
HAVE TO FALL.
HERE's the pang that pinches. His highness having liv'd so long with her: and
she So good a lady, that no tongue could ever Pronounce dishonour of her,—by my life,
She never knew harm-doing ;-0 now, after
many courses of the sun enthron’d, Still growing in a majesty and pomp,—the which To leave is a thousand-fold more bitter than 'Tis sweet at first to acquire,-after this process, To give her the avaunt! it is a pity Would move a monster.
0, God's will! much better, She ne'er had known pomp: though it be
So much the more
with humble livers in content, Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief, And wear a golden sorrow.
K. HENRY VIII., A. 2, s. 3.
BETTER TAKE THE EVIL WITH THE
GOOD, THAN INCREASE THE FORMER BY FURTHER STRIFE. ARCHBISHOP. No, no, my lord ; Note this,
the king is weary Of dainty and such picking grievances; For he hath found,—to end one doubt by death, Revives two greater in the heirs of life. And therefore will he wipe his tables clean; And keep no tell-tale to his memory, That may repeat and history his loss To new remembrance: For full well he knows,
He cannot so precisely weed this land,
K. HENRY IV., PART II., A. 4, s. 1.
BEWARE OF CREATING JEALOUSY IN YOUR SUPERIORS.
O Silius, Silius, I have done enough: a lower place, note well, May make too great an act: For learn this, Silius; Better to leave undone, than by our deed acquire Too high a fame, when him we serve's away. Cæsar, and Antony, have ever won More in their officer, than person: Sossius, One of my place in Syria, his lieutenant, For quick accumulation of renown, Which he achiev'd by the minute, lost his favour. Who does i' the wars more than his captain can, Becomes his captain's captain : and ambition, The soldier's virtue, rather makes choice of loss, Than gain, which darkens him.