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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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Treason and murder ever kept together,
  As two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose,
    Working so grossly in a natural cause
      That admiration did not whoop at them;
        But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in
          Wonder to wait on treason and on murder;
            And whatsoever cunning fiend it was
              That wrought upon thee so preposterously
                Hath got the voice in hell for excellence.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at II, ii) [Treason]

Would I were with him, wheresome'er he is, either in heaven or in hell!
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Bardolph at II, ii) [Happiness]

Nay sure, he's not in hell! He's in Arthur's bosom. if ever man went to Arthur's bosom. 'A made a finer end, and went away an it had been any christom child. 'A parted ev'n just between twelve and one, ev'n at the turning o' th' tide. For after I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers, and smile upon his finger's end, I knew there was but one way; for his nose was as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of green fields. 'How now, Sir John?' quoth I. 'What, man? be o' good cheer.' So 'a cried out 'God, God, God!' three of four times. Now I, to comfort him, bid him 'a should not think of God; I hoped there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet. So 'a bade me lay more clothes at this feet. I put my hand into the bed and felt them, and they were as cold as any stone. Then I felt to his knees, and so upward and upward, and all was as cold as any stone.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Hostess at II, iii),
        on the death of Falstaff [Death : Heaven]

Trust none;
  For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes,
    And Hold-fast is the only dog, my duck.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Pistol at II, iii) [Oaths]

In cases of defense 'tis best to weigh
  The enemy more mighty than he seems.
    So the proportions of defense are filled;
      Which of a weak and niggardly projection
        Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat with scanting
          A little cloth.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Dauphin at II, iv) [Defense : Enemies]

Question your grace the late ambassadors,
  With what great state he heard their embassy,
    How well supplied with noble counsellors,
      How modest in exception, and withal
        How terrible in constant resolution,
          And you shall find his vanities forespent
            Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus,
              Covering discretion with a coat of folly;
                As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots
                  That shall first spring and be most delicate.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Constable at II, iv) [Discretion]

Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin
  As self-neglecting.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Dauphin at II, iv) [Self-love]

Play with your fancies, and in them behold
  Upon the hempen tackle shipboys climbing;
    Hear the shrill whistle which doth order give
      To sounds confused; behold the threaden sails,
        Borne with th' invisible and creeping wind,
          Draw the huge bottoms through the furrowed sea,
            Breasting the lofty surge.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Chorus at III, chorus) [Navigation]

In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
  As modest stillness and humility,
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
      Then imitate the action of the tiger;
        Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
          Disguise fair nature with hard-favored rage;
            Then lend the eye a terrible aspect:
              Let it pry through the portage of the head
                Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
                  As fearfully as doth a galled rock
                    O'erhand and jutty his confounded base,
                      Swilled with the wild and wasteful ocean.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at III, i) [Peace]

On, on, you noble English,
  Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof,
    Fathers that like so many Alexanders
      Have in these parts from morn till even fought
        And sheathed their swords for lack of argument
          Dishonor not your mothers; now attest
            That those whom you called fathers did beget you!
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at III, i) [Argument]

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
  Or close the wall up with our English dead!
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at III, i) [War]

I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Boy at III, ii) [Cowardice]

. . . I thought upon one pair of English legs
  Did march three Frenchmen.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at III, vi) [Soldiers]

A fool's bolt is soon shot.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Orleans at III, vii) [Folly : Proverbs]

Just, just! and the men do sympathize with the mastiffs in robustious and rough coming on, leaving their wits with their wives; and then give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Constable at III, vii) [Soldiers]

The basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Dauphin at III, vii) [Gods]

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Dauphin at III, vii) [Hawks]

From camp to camp, through the foul womb of night,
  The hum of either army stilly sounds,
    That the fixed sentinels almost receive
      The secret whispers of each other's watch.
        Fire answers fire, and through their paly flames
          Each battle sees the other's umbered face.
            Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs
              Piercing the night's dull ear; and from the tents
                The armorers accomplishing the knights,
                  With busy hammers closing rivets up,
                    Give dreadful note of preparation.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Chorus at IV, chorus) [War]

Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs
  Piercing the night's dull ear; and from the tents
    The armorers accomplishing the knights,
      With busy hammers closing rivets up,
        Give dreadful note of preparation.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Chorus at IV, chorus) [Horses]

. . . And but for ceremony, such a wretch,
  Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
    Had the forehand and vantage of a king.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i) [Sleep]

And what art thou, thou idol Ceremony?
  What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
    Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i) [Ceremony]

Besides, they are our outward consciences,
  And preachers to us all, admonishing
    That we should drew us fairly for our end.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i) [Conscience]

Every subject's duty is the king's, but every subject's soul is his own.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i) [Royalty]

I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of anything when blood is their argument?
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Michael Williams at IV, i) [War]

Not all these, laid in bed majestical,
  Can sleep so soundly as the wretched slave,
    Who, with a body filled, and vacant mind,
      Gets him to rest, crammed with distressful bread;
        Never sees horrid night, the child of hell;
          But like a lackey, from the rise to set,
            Sweats in the eye of Phoebus, and all night
              Sleeps in Elysium; next day after dawn,
                Doth rise and help Hyperion to his horse;
                  And follows so the ever-running year
                    With profitable labor to his grave;
                      And but for ceremony, such a wretch,
                        Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
                          Had the forehand and vantage of a king.
      - The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i) [Rest]


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