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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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He is so plaguy proud that the death-tokens of it
  Cry 'No recovery.'
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at II, iii) [Pride]

He that is proud eats up himself. Pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle; and whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Agamemnon at II, iii) [Pride]

I do not hate a proud man, as I do hate the engendering of toads.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ajax at II, iii) [Pride]

The amity that wisdom knits not, folly may easily untie.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at II, iii) [Friendship]

The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy. His legs are legs for necessity, not for flexure.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at II, iii) [Elephants]

Words pay no debts, give her deeds; but she'll bereave you o' th' deeds too if she call your activity in question.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Pandarus at III, i) [Words]

But you are wise,
  Or else you love not, for to be wise and love
    Exceeds man's might; that dwells with gods above.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Cressida at III, ii) [Love]

I am giddy; expectation whirls me round.
  Th' imaginary relish is so sweet
    That it enchants my sense.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Troilus at III, ii) [Expectation]

They say all lovers swear more performance than they are able, and yet reserve an ability that they never perform, vowing more than the perfection of ten and discharging less than the tenth part of one.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Cressida at III, ii) [Love]

For beauty, wit,
  High birth, vigor of bone, desert in service,
    Love, friendship, charity, are subjects all
      To envious and calumniating time.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Time]

For emulation hath a thousand sons
  That one by one pursue.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Proverbs]

How some men creep in skittish Fortune's hall,
  Whiles others play the idiots in her eyes!
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Fortune]

I see my reputation is at stake;
  My fame is shrewdly gored.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Achilles at III, iii) [Reputation]

It may do good; pride hath no other glass
  To show itself but pride, for supple knees
    Feed arrogance and are the proud man's fees.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Pride]

Omission to do what is necessary
  Seals a commission to a blank of danger;
    And danger, like an ague, subtly taints
      Even then when we sit idly in the sun.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Patroclus at III, iii) [Necessity]

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,
  That all with one consent praise new-born gawds,
    Though they are made and moulded of things past,
      And give to dust that is a little gilt
        More laud than gilt o'er-dusted.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Nature]

Perseverance, dear my lord,
  Keeps honor bright; to have done, is to hang
    Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail
      In monumental mock'ry.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Perseverance]

Take the instant way;
  For honor travels in a strait so narrow
    Where one but goes abreast.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Honor]

The welcome ever smiles,
  And farewell goes out sighing.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Welcome]

Then what they do in present,
  Though less than yours in past, must o'ertop yours;
    For time is like a fashionable host,
      That slightly shakes his parting guest by th' hand,
        And with arms outstretched, as he would fly,
          Grasps in the comer. The welcome ever smiles,
            And farewell goes out sighing.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Time]

Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back,
  Wherein he puts alms for oblivion,
    A great-sized monster of ingratitudes.
      Those scraps are good deeds past, which are devoured
        As fast as they are made, forgot as soon
          As done.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Time]

To have done, is to hang
  Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail
    In monumental mockery.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii) [Proverbs]

What the declined is
  He shall as soon read in the eyes of others
    As feel in his own fall; for men, like butterflies,
      Show not their mealy wings but to the summer,
        And not a man, for being simply man,
          Hath any honor, but honor for those honors
            That are without him, as place, riches, and favor,
              Prizes of accident as oft as merit;
                Which when they fall, as being slippery standers,
                  The love that leaned on them as slippery too,
                    Doth one pluck down another, and together
                      Die in the fall.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Achilles at III, iii) [Man]

Why, 'a stalks up and down like a peacock--a stride and a stand; ruminates like an hostess that hath no arithmetic but her brain to set down her reckoning; bites his lip with a politic regard, as who should say, 'There were wit in this head an 'twould out'; and so there is, but it lies as coldly in him as fire in a flint, which will not show without knocking.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Thersites at III, iii) [Peacocks]

This is the most despiteful gentle greeting,
  The noblest hateful love, that e'er I heard of.
      - The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Paris at IV, i) [Love]


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