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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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Why, then the world's mine oyster,
  Which I with sword will open.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Pistol at II, ii) [Proverbs : World]

'To shallow rivers, to whose falls
  Melodious pirds sing madrigals;
    There will we make our peds of roses,
      And a thousand fragrant posies.
        To shallow--'
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Evans at III, i) [Roses]

I cannot tell what the dickens his name is my husband had him of.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Mistress Page at III, ii) [Names]

I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond. Thou hast the right arched beauty of the brow that becomes the ship-tire, the tire-valiant, or any tire of Venetian admittance.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at III, iii) [Eyes]

O, what a world of vile ill-favored faults
  Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Anne Page at III, iv) [Proverbs : Wealth]

Yet, wooing thee, I found thee of more value
  Than stamps in gold or sums in sealed bags;
    And 'tis the very riches of thyself
      That now I aim at.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Fenton at III, iv) [Wooing]

As good luck would have it, comes in one Mistress Page, gives intelligence of Ford's approach, and in her invention, and Ford's wife's distraction, they conveyed me into a buck-basket.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at III, v) [Luck]

I have a kind of alacrity in sinking.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at III, v) [Proverbs]

We do not act that often jest and laugh;
  'Tis old but true, 'Still swine eats all the draff.'
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Mistress Page at IV, ii) [Silence]

Well, if my wind were but long enough [to say my prayers], I would repent.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at IV, v) [Prayer]

I have a letter from her
  Of such contents as you will wonder at,
    The mirth whereof so larded with my matter
      That neither singly can be manifested
        Without the show of both, wherein fat Falstaff
          Hath a great scene.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Fenton at IV, vi) [Post]

I will tell you: he beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman; for in the shape of a man, Master Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver's beam, because I know also life is a shuttle.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at V, i) [Life]

This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers. Away; go. They say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at V, i) [Luck]

But 'tis no matter: better a little chiding than a great deal of heartbreak.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Mistress Page at V, iii) [Criticism]

Fairies, black, grey, green, and white,
  You moonshine revellers, and shades of night,
    You orphan heirs of fixed destiny,
      Attend your office and your quality.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Mistress Quickly at V, v) [Fairies]

I think the devil will not have me damned, lest the oil that's in me should set hell on fire.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at V, v) [Hell]

Let it be so. Sir John,
  To Master Brook you yet shall hold your word;
    For he to-night shall lie with Mistress Ford.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor (Ford at V, v)
        [Books (Last Lines)]

Th' expressure that it bears, green let it be,
  More fertile-fresh than all the field to see;
    And 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' write
      In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue, and white,
        Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery,
          Buckled below fair knighthood's bending knee.
            (Fairies use flowers for their character.)
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Mistress Quickly at V, v) [Flowers]

They are fairies; he that speaks to them shall die.
  I'll wink and couch; no man their works must eye.
      - The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at V, v) [Fairies]

But whether unripe years did want conceit,
  Or he refused to take her figured proffer,
    The tender nibbler would not touch the bait,
      But smile and jest at every gentle offer.
      - The Passionate Pilgrim (IV, l. 9) [Bait]

Crabbed age and youth cannot live together;
  Youth is full of pleasance, age is full of care;
    Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
      Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
        Youth is full of sport, age's breadth is short;
          Youth is nimble, age is lame;
            Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold;
              Youth is wild, and age is tame.
                Age, I do abhor thee; youth, I do adore thee.
      - The Passionate Pilgrim (XII, l. 1)
        [Comparison : Youth]

Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good;
  A shining gloss that vadeth suddenly;
    A flower that dies when first it 'gins to bud;
      A brittle glass that's broken presently;
        A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower,
          Lost, vaded, broken, dead within an hour.
      - The Passionate Pilgrim (XIII, l. 1),
        a poem of doubtful authenticity [Beauty]

Have you not heard it said full oft,
  A woman's nay doth stand for naught?
      - The Passionate Pilgrim (XIX, l. 41)
        [Women]

Yet will she blush, here be it said,
  To bear her secrets so bewrayed.
      - The Passionate Pilgrim (XVIII, l. 53),
        a poem of doubtful authenticity
        [Blushes]

Words are easy, like the wind
  Faithful friends are hard to find.
      - The Passionate Pilgrim (XX, l. 33)
        [Friends]


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