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

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

'Tis dangerous to take a cold, to sleep, to drink; but I tell you, my lord fool, out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at II, iii)

If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries,
  I would give no man a reason upon compulsion.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at II, iv)

What! upon compulsion? No!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at II, iv)

O, while you live, tell truth, and shame the devil.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at III, i)

I saw young Harry with his visor up.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Vernon at IV, i)

In poison there is no physic.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Northumberland at I, i)

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (King Henry at III, i)

Will fortune never come with both hands full,
  But write her fair words still in foulest letters?
    She either gives a stomach and no food--
      Such are the poor, in health--or else a feast
        And takes away the stomach--such are the rich,
          That have abundance, and enjoy it not.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (King Henry at IV, iv)

Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (King Henry at IV, v)

Ill blows the wind that profits nobody.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth Part III
         (Son at II, v)

Hath not thy rose a canker, Somerset?
  Hath not thy rose a thorn, Plantagenet?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part I
         (Plantagenet, Duke of York at II, iv)

Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part I
         (Reignier at III, ii)

A heart unspotted is not easily daunted.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Gloucester at III, i)

And wer't not madness then
  To make the fox surveyor of the fold.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Suffolk at III, i)

Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep,
  And in his simple show he harbors treason.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Suffolk at III, i)

Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Suffolk at III, i)

The fox barks not when he would steal the lamb.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Suffolk at III, i)

Weeds are shallow-rooted,
  Suffer them now, and they'll o'ergrow the garden,
    And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Queen Margaret at III, i)

Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just,
  And he but naked, though locked up in steel,
    Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (King Henry at III, ii)

What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (King Henry at III, ii)

Great men have reaching hands.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Say at IV, vii)

The silver livery of advised age.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Young Clifford at V, ii)

A woman's general. What should we fear?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Richard, Duke of Gloucester at I, ii)

But, Clifford, tell me, didst thou never hear,
  That things ill got had ever bad success?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at II, ii)

The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on,
  And doves will peck in safeguard of their brood.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Clifford at II, ii)

The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Clifford at II, ii)

Her tears will pierce into a marble heart.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at III, i)

Trust not him that hath once broken faith.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Queen Elizabeth at IV, iv)

A little fire is quickly trodden out;
  Which, being suffer'd, rivers cannot quench.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Clarence at IV, viii)

What! can so young a thorn begin to prick?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Edward at V, v)

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind!
  The thief doth fear each bush an officer.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Gloucester at V, vi)

The bird that hath been limed in a bush
  With trembling wing misdoubteth every bush.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at V, vi)

Nothing can come of nothing.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at I, i)

Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Cordelia at I, i)

Whose nature is so far from doing harms,
  That he suspects none.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edmund at I, ii)

Have more than thou showest,
  Speak less than thou knowest.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at I, iv)

Have more than thou showest,
  Speak less than thou knowest,
    Lend less than thou owest,
      Ride more than thou goest,
        Learn more than thou trowest,
          Set less than thou throwest;
            Leave thy drink and thy whore,
              And keep in-a-door,
                And thou shalt have more
                  Than two tens to a score.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at I, iv)

He that keeps nor crust nor crumb,
  Weary of all shall want some.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at I, iv)

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is,
  To have a thankless child.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at I, iv)

Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Albany at I, iv)

Truth is a dog that must to kennel. He must be whipped, when Lady, the brach, may stand by the fire and stink.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at I, iv)

O let not women's weapons, water-drops,
  Stain my man's cheeks!
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at II, iv)

When we our betters see bearing our woes,
  We scarcely think our miseries our foes.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edgar at III, vi)

Through tattered clothes small vices do appear;
  Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold,
    And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks;
      Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at IV, vi)

Through tattered clothes small vices do appear;
  Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold,
    And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks;
      Arm it in rags, a pygmy's straw does pierce it.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at IV, vi)

Her voice was ever soft,
  Gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at V, iii)

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
  Make instruments to plague us.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edgar at V, iii)

Fair ladies mask'd are roses in their bud.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Boyet at V, ii)

Come what come may,
  Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth (Macbeth)


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