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That had not God, for some strong purpose,
steel'd The hearts of men, they must perforce have
melted, And barbarism itself have pitied him. But heaven hath a hand in these events; To whose high will we bound our calm contents. To Bolingbroke are we sworn subjects now, Whose state and honour I for
allow. K. RICHARD II., A. 5, s. 2.
To wilful men, The injuries, that they themselves procure, Must be their schoolmasters.
KING LEAR, A. 2, s. 4.
IN CIVIL WAR NICE CALCULA
TIONS ARE REQUIRED. Yes, in this present quality of war ;Indeed the instant action, (a cause on foot,) Lives so in hope, as in an early spring We see the appearing buds; which, to prove
fruit, Hope gives not so much warrant, as despair, That frosts will bite them. When we mean to
build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model ; And when we see the figure of the house, Then must we rate the cost of the erection : Which if we find outweighs ability, What do we then, but draw anew the model
In fewer offices; or, at least, desist
instead of men :
that draws the model of a house Beyond his power to build it; who, half through, Gives o'er, and leaves his part-created cost A naked subject to the weeping clouds, And waste for churlish winter's tyranny.
K. HENRY IV., PART II., A. 1, 8.3.
INCONSISTENCY OF THE BISHOP
here an iron man,
that sits within a monarch's heart, And ripens in the sunshine of his favour,
Would he abuse the countenance of the king,
[Tearing the letter. The effect doth operate another way, Go, wind, to wind, there turn and change to
gether. My love with words and errors still she feeds ; But edifies another with her deeds.
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, A. 5, s. 3.
INCONSTANCY OF BLIND FORTUNE.
By your patience, ancient Pistol. Fortune is painted blind, with a muffler before her eyes, to signify to you that fortune is blind: And she is painted also with a wheel; to signify to you, which is the moral of it, that she is turning, and inconstant, and variations, and mutabilities : and her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls, and rolls, and rolls ;-In good truth, the poet is make a most excellent description of fortune: fortune, look you, is an excellent moral.
K. HENRY V., A. 3, s. 6.
INFECTION OF COMPANIONSHIP.
If I were sawed into quantities, I should make four dozen of such bearded hermit’s-staves as master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing, to see the semblable coherence of his men's spirits and his : They, by observing him, do bear themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing with them, is turned into a justice-like servingman; their spirits are so married in conjunction with the participation of society, that they flock together in consent, like so many wild-geese. If I had a suit to master Shallow, I would humour his men, with the imputation of being near their master: if to his men, I would curry with master Shallow, that no man could better command his servants. It is certain, that either wise bearing, or ignorant carriage, is caught as men take diseases, one of another: therefore, let men take heed of their company.
K, HENRY IV., PART 11., 1. 5, s. 1,
INFIRMITIES OF HONESTY.
My gracious Lord,
out Against the non-performance, 'twas a fear Which oft affects the wisest: these, my lord, Are such allow'd infirmities, that honesty Is never free of. But, ’beseech your grace, Be plainer with me: let me know my trespass By its own visage : if I then deny it, 'Tis none of mine.
WINTER'S TALE, A. 1, s. 2.
K, HENRY VI., PART 11., A. 3, s. l.
INSCRUTABILITY OF PROVIDENCE.
You snatch some hence for little faults; that's
love, To have them fall no more: you some permit