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Proverbs
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[ Also see Catchphrases Laws of Life and Nature Old Sayings Proverbial Phrases Proverbs (General) ]

And in the morn and liquid dew of youth,
  Contagious blastments are are most imminent.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Laertes at I, iii)

Beware
  Of entrance to a quarrel.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii)

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;
  Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii)

Give thy thoughts no tongue.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii)

Springes to catch woodcocks.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii)

The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
  Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii)

Leave her to Heaven,
  And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge,
    To prick and sting her.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, v)

For murder though it have no tongue, will speak
  With most miraculous organ.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

Still harping on my daughter.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at II, ii)

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

And with them words of so sweet breath composed
  As made the things more rich.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at III, i)

Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, i)

Rich gifts wax poor, when givers prove unkind.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at III, i)

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, i)

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
  And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
      And enterprises of great pitch and moment,
        With this regard their currents turn awry,
          And lose the name of action.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, i)

'Tis too much proved,--that with devotion's visage,
  And pious action, we do sugar o'er
    The devil himself.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at III, i)

With devotion's visage,
  And pious action, we do sugar o'er
    The devil himself.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at III, i)

Here's metal more attractive.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

Let the galled jade wince; our withers are unwrung.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ghost at III, iv)

For use almost can change the stamp of nature.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, iv)

I must be cruel only to be kind.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, iv)

That monster custom, who all sense doth eat,
  Of habits devil, is angel yet in this,
    That to the use of actions fair and good
      He likewise gives a frock or livery
        That aptly is put on.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, iv)

Diseases, desperate grown,
  By desperate appliance are reliev'd,
    Or not at all.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at IV, iii)

When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
  But in battalions.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at IV, v)

When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
  But in battalions: first, her father slain;
    Next, your son gone, and he most violent author
      Of his own just remove; the people muddied,
        Thick and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers
          For good Polonius' death, and we have done but greenly
            In hugger-mugger to inter him; poor Ophelia
              Divided from herself and her fair judgment,
                Without the which we are pictures or mere beasts;
                  Last, and as much containing as all these,
                    Her brother is in secret come from France,
                      Feeds on his wonder, keeps himself in clouds,
                        And wants not buzzers to infect his ear
                          With pestilent speeches of his father's death,
                            Wherein necessity, of matter beggared,
                              Will nothing stick our person to arraign
                                In ear and ear.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at IV, v)

One woe doth tread upon another's heel,
  So fast they follow.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at IV, vii)

Lay her in the earth,
  And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
    May violets spring.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Laertes at V, i)

If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased them. . . . I am no true man.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Casca at I, ii)

Men at some time are masters of their fates.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

Men at some time are masters of their fates.
  The fault, dear Brutus, is not is our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

Men at some times are masters of their fates.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

So get the start of the majestic world
  And bear the palm alone.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

'Tis meet
  That noble minds keep ever with their likes:
    For who so firm that cannot be seduced?
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
  Like a Colossus, and we petty men
    Walk under his huge legs and peep about
      To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

Those, that with haste will make a mighty fire,
  Begin it with weak straws.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, iii)

It is the bright day that brings forth the adder.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at II, i)

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
  The valiant never taste of death but once.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Caesar at II, ii)

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
  The valiant never taste of death but once.
    Of all the wonders that I yet have heard.
      It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
        Seeing that death, a necessary end,
          Will come when it will come.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Caesar at II, ii)

Though last, not least in love, yours, good Trebonius.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Antony at III, i)

Wisely, I say, I am a bachelor.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cinna at III, iii)

A friend should bear a friend's infirmities,
  But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at IV, iii)

A friend should bear a friend's infirmities.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at IV, iii)

And we must take the current when it serves;
  Or lose our ventures.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at IV, iii)

Must I give way and room to your rash choler?
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at IV, iii)

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
  Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
      Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at IV, iii)

As the honey of Hybla, my old lad of the castle--and is not a buff jerkin in a most sweet robe of durance?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at I, ii)

God save the mark!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at I, iii)

Now out of this nettle, danger, will I pluck the flower, safety.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at II, iii)


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