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

Now, infidel, I have you on the hip!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Gratiano at IV, i)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

We do pray for mercy,
  And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
    The deeds of mercy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at IV, i)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

What! would'st thou have a serpent sting thee twice?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at IV, i)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

How far that little candle throws its beams;
  So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at V, i)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

For 'tis not good that children should know any wickedness.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Mistress Quickly at II, ii)

Marry, this is the short and the long of it.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Mistress Quickly at II, ii)

Why, then the world's mine oyster,
  Which I with sword will open.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Pistol at II, ii)

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

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

No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en.
  In brief, sir, study what you most effect.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew (Tranio at I, i)

Though little fire grows great with little wind,
  Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at II, i)

As the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
  So honour peereth in the meanest habit.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at IV, iii)

For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich;
  And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
    So honour peereth in the meanest habit.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at IV, iii)

So honour peereth in the meanest habit.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at IV, iii)

The more my wrong, the more his spite appears.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Katharina at IV, iii)

Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground--long heath, brown furze, anything.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Gonzalo at I, i)

Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground--long heath, brown furze, anything. The wills above be done, but I would fain die a dry death.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Gonzalo at I, i)

But this swift business
  I must uneasy make, lest too light winning
    Make the prize light.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Prospero at I, ii)

I will be correspondent to command.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Ariel at I, ii)

Stained
  With grief, that's beauty's canter.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Prospero at I, ii)

The very rats
  Instinctively had quit it.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Prospero at I, ii)

You rub the sore
  When you should bring the plaster!
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Gonzalo at II, i)

Leave not a rack behind.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Prospero at IV, i)

All places that the eye of heaven visits,
  Are to a wise man ports and happy havens.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at I, iii)

For gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite
  The man, that mocks at it, and sets it light.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (John of Gaunt at I, iii)

For violent fires soon burn out themselves.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at II, i)

Small showers last long, but sudden storms are short.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at II, i)

The ripest fruit first falls, and so doth he;
  His time is spent, our pilgrimage must be.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (King Richard at II, i)

The ripest fruit first falls, and so doth he;
  His time is spent, our pilgrimage must be.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (King Richard at II, i)

And yet your fair discourse hath been as sugar,
  Making the hard way sweet and delectable.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Northumberland at II, iii)

Death will have his day.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (King Richard at III, ii)

Wise men ne'er wail their present woes.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Carlisle at III, ii)

For night owls shriek where mounting larks should sing.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (King Richard at III, iii)

And thus I clothe my naked villany
  With old odd ends, stol'n out of holy writ,
    And seem a saint when most I play the devil.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Gloucester at I, iii)

Talkers are no good doers.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (First Murderer at I, iii)

They that stand high have many blasts to shake them,
  And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Margaret at I, iii)

They that stand high have many blasts to shake them.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Margaret at I, iii)

Ah, that deceit should steal such gentle shapes,
  And with a virtuous vizor hide deep vice!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Duchess of York at II, ii)

When clouds are seen wise men put on their cloaks;
  When great leaves fall then winter is at hand.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Third Citizen at II, iii)

When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks;
  When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand;
    When the sun sets, who doth not look for night?
      Untimely storms makes men expect a dearth.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Third Citizen at II, iii)

God keep me from false friends!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Prince Edward at III, i)

Take all the swift advantage of the hours.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Stanldy at IV, i)

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Elizabeth at IV, iv)

Harp not on that string, madam; that is past.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at IV, iv)

More mild, but yet more harmful; kind in hatred.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Duchess of York at IV, iv)

My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
  And every tongue brings in a several tale,
    And every tale condemns me for a villain.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at V, iii)

O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at V, iii)

Fire that's closest kept burns most of all.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Lucetta at I, ii)

Fire that's closest kept, burns most of all.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Lucetta at I, ii)

They do not love that do not show their love.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Julia at I, ii),
        also see Heywood Proverbs, pt. II, ch. IX


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