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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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And jewels--two stones, two rich and precious stones,
  Stol'n by my daughter! Justice! Find the girl!
    She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats!
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Solanio at II, viii) [Jewels]

Be merry, and employ your chiefest thoughts
  To courtship and such fair ostents of love
    As shall conveniently become you there.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Salerio at II, viii) [Wooing]

I never heard a passion so confused,
  So strange, outrageous, and so variable
    As the dog Jew did utter in the streets:
      'My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!
        Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!'
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Solanio at II, viii) [Christianity]

Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Nerissa at II,ix)
        [Destiny : Proverbs : Wives]

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?--fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why revenge! The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at III, i)
        [Jews]

If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at III, i)
        [Revenge]

Let me say amen betimes lest the devil cross my prayer, for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Solanio at III, i)
        [Devil]

(Salerio:) . . . if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her word.
  (Solanio:) I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever knapped ginger or made her neighbors believe she wept for the death of a third husband.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Salerio & Solanio at III, i) [Gossip]

But lest you should not understand me well--
  And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought--
    I would detain you here some month or two
      Before you venture for me.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, ii)
        [Thought]

But the full sum of me
  Is sum of something--which, to term in gross,
    Is an unlessoned girl, unschooled, unpractised;
      Happy in this, she is not yet so old
        But she may learn; happier than this,
          She is not bred so dull but she can learn;
            Happiest of all, is that her gentle spirit
              Commits itself to yours to be directed,
                As from her lord, her governor, her king.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, ii)
        [Knowledge : Matrimony : Wives]

Gentle lady,
  When I did first impart my love to you,
    I freely told you all the wealth I had
      Ran in my veins--I was a gentleman--
        And then I told you true; and yet, dear lady,
          Rating myself at nothing, you shall see
            How much I was a braggart. When I told you
              My state was nothing, I should then have told you
                That I was worse than nothing; for indeed
                  I have engaged myself to a dear friend,
                    Engaged my friend to his mere enemy
                      To feed my means.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii) [Gentlemen]

How many cowards whose hearts are all as false
  As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
    The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars,
      Who inward searched, have livers white as milk!
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii) [Cowards : Proverbs]

In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt
  But being seasoned with a gracious voice,
    Obscures the show of evil?
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii) [Law]

In religion,
  What damned error but some sober brow
    Will bless it and approve it with a text,
      Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii) [Religion]

It is engendered in the eyes;
  By gazing fed; and fancy dies
    In the cradle where it lies.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, ii),
        a song [Proverbs]

It must not be. There is no power in Venice
  Can alter a decree established.
    'Twill be recorded for a precedent,
      And carry an error by the same example
        Will rush into the state. It cannot be.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, ii)
        [Law]

Let music sound while he doth make his choice;
  Then if he lose he makes a swanlike end,
    Fading in music.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, ii)
        [Music : Swans]

Madam, you have bereft me of all words.
  Only my blood speaks to you in my veins,
    And there is such confusion in my powers
      As, after some oration fairly spoke
        By a beloved prince, there doth appear
          Among the buzzing pleased multitude,
            Where every something being blent together
              Turns to a wild of nothing, save of joy
                Expressed and not expressed.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii) [Nothingness : Words]

My Lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady,
  I wish you all the joy that you can wish--
    For I am sure you can wish none from me;
      And when your honors mean to solemnize
        The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you
          Even at that time I may be married too.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Gratiano at III, ii) [Joy]

O sweet Portia,
  Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words
    That ever blotted paper!
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii) [Post : Words]

So may the outward shows be least themselves;
  The world is still deceived with ornament.
    In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt
      But being seasoned with a gracious voice,
        Obscures the show of evil? In religion,
          What damned error but some sober brow
            Will bless it and approve it with a text,
              Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii) [Deceit : Proverbs]

So may the outward shows be least themselves;
  The world is still deceived with ornament.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii) [Deceit : Proverbs]

Such it is
  As are those dulcet sounds in break of day
    That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear
      And summon him to marriage.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, ii)
        [Matrimony]

Tell me where is fancy bred,
  Or in the heart, or in the head?
    How begot, how nourished?
      Reply, reply.
        It is engend'red in the eyes,
          With gazing fed, and fancy dies
            In the cradle where it lies.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Song at III, ii)
        [Fancy]

There is no vice so simple but assumes
  Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii) [Vice]


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