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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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It is a wise father that know his own child.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Launcelot at II, ii) [Fatherhood]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Nay, indeed if you had your eyes you might fail of the knowing me; it is a wise father that knows his own child.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Launcelot at II, ii) [Childhood]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Well, my conscience hanging about the neck of my heart says very wisely to me, 'My honest friend Launcelot, being an honest man's son'--or rather 'an honest woman's son,' for indeed my father did something smack, something grow to; he had a kind of taste--Well, my conscience says, 'Launcelot, budge not.' 'Budge,' says the fiend. 'Budge not,' says my conscience. 'Conscience,' say I, 'you counsel well.' 'Fiend,' say I, 'you counsel well.'
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Launcelot at II, ii) [Conscience]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

What a beard hast thou got! thou hast got more hair on thy chin than Dobbin my thill-horse has on his tail.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Gobbo at II, ii)
        [Proverbs]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

O Lorenzo,
  If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife,
    Become a Christian and thy loving wife!
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Jessica at II, iii) [Christianity]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

I will not choose what many men desire,
  Because I will not jump with common spirits
    And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Arragon at II, ix)
        [Choice]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Let none presume
  To wear an undeserved dignity.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Arragon at II, ix)
        [Dignity]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

O that estates, degrees, and offices
  Were not derived corruptly, and that clear honor
    Were purchased by the merit of the wearer!
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Prince of Arragon at II, ix)
        [Honor : Politics]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Some there be that shadows kiss;
  Such have but a shadow's bliss.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Arragon at II, ix)
        [Shadows]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

The ancient saying is no heresy:
  Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Nerissa at II, ix)
        [Matrimony]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Thou wilt say anon he is some kin to thee,
  Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising him.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at II, ix)
        [Praise]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

To offend and judge are distinct offices,
  And of opposed natures.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at II, ix)
        [Judges : Law]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

What many men desire--that 'many' may be meant
  By the fool multitude that choose by show,
    Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach,
      Which pries not to th' interior, but like the martlet
        Builds in the weather on the outward wall,
          Even in the force and road of casualty.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Arragon at II, ix)
        [Martlets]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Yet I have not seen
  So likely an ambassador of love.
    A day in April never came so sweet
      To show how costly summer was at hand,
        As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Messenger at II, ix) [Love]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Fast bind, fast find--
  A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at II, v)
        [Proverbs]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder,
  Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
    More than the wildcat.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at II, v)
        [Sleep]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
  For I did dream of money bags to-night.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at II, v)
        [Dreams]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Beshrow me but I love her heartily!
  For she is wise, if I can judge of her,
    And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true,
      And true she is, as she hath proved herself;
        And therefore, like herself, wise, fair, true,
          Shall she be placed in my constant soul.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Lorenzo at II, vi)
        [Love]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

But love is blind, and lovers cannot see
  The pretty follies that themselves commit;
    For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
      To see me thus transformed to a boy.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Jessica at II, vi)
        [Love]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Who riseth from a feast
  With that keen appetite that he sits down?
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Gratiano at II, vi) [Appetite]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

All that glisters is not gold;
  Often have you heard that told;
    Many a man his life hath sold;
      But my outside to behold.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Morocco at II, vii), requoting a proverb
        [Appearance : Wealth]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Gilded tombs do worms infold.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Morocco at II, vii) [Graves]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

This casket threatens; men that hazard all
  Do it in hope of fair advantages.
    A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross;
      I'll then nor give nor hazard aught for lead.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Morocco at II, vii) [Gain]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Yet gold all is not that doth golden seem.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Morocco at II, vii), (altered)
        [Proverbs]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Young in limbs, in judgment old.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Morocco at II, vii) [Proverbs]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  


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