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MISCHIEF
[ Also see Baseness Crime Deceit Evil Faults Folly Goodness Hypocrisy Ills Injury Knavery Lying Malice Misfortune Sin Trouble Villainy Wickedness Wrong ]

Man is no match for woman where mischief reigns.
      - Honore de Balzac

In life it is difficult to say who do you the most mischief, enemies with the worst intentions, or friends with the best.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        What Will He Do With It?
         (bk. III, heading to ch. XVII)

What plaguy mischief and mishaps
  Do dog him still with after claps!
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 3)

He that mischief hatcheth, mischief catcheth.
      - William Camden

The sower of the seed is assuredly the author of the whole harvest of mischief.
      - Demosthenes

Mischief and malice grow on the same branch of the tree of evil.
      - Aaron Hill

She who means no mischief does it all.
      - Aaron Hill

Let them call it mischief:
  When it is past and prospered 'twill be virtue.
      - Ben Jonson, Catiline (act III, sc. 3)

Few men are so clever as to know all the mischief they do.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

When to mischief mortals bend their will,
  How soon they find it instruments of ill.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto III, st. 125)

The mischief of children is seldom actuated by malice; that of grown-up people always is.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot,
  Take thou what course thou wilt.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Antony at III, ii)

To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
  Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Duke of Venice at I, iii)

O mischief, thou art swift
  To enter in the thoughts of desperate men!
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at V, i)

The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.
  [Fr., L'occasion de faire du mal se trouve cent fois par jour, et celle de faire du bien une fois dans l'annee.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Zadig


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