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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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The mightier man, the mightier is the thing
  That makes him honored or begets him hate;
    For greatest scandal waits on greatest state.
      - The Rape of Lucrece (l. 1,004) [Scandal]

His kindled duty kindled her mistrust,
  That two red fires in both faces blazed.
    She thought he blushed as knowing Tarquin's lust,
      And, blushing with him, wistly on him gazed;
        Her earnest eye did make him more amazed.
      - The Rape of Lucrece (l. 1,352) [Blushes]

Had doting Priam checked his son's desire,
  Troy had been bright with fame, and not with fire.
      - The Rape of Lucrece (l. 1,490) [Desire]

Without the bed her other fair hand was,
  On the green coverlet; whose perfect white
    Showed like an April daisy on the grass,
      With pearly sweat resembling dew of night.
      - The Rape of Lucrece (l. 393) [Hand]

Her eyes, like marigolds, had sheathed their light,
  And canopied in darkened sweetly lay
    Till they might open to adorn the day.
      - The Rape of Lucrece (l. 397) [Eyes]

Where now I have no one to blush with me,
  To cross their arms and hang their heads with mine,
    To mask their brows and hide their infamy;
      But I alone, alone must sit and pine,
        Seasoning the earth with show'rs of silver brine,
          Mingling my talk with tears, my grief with groans,
            Poor wasting monuments of lasting moans.
      - The Rape of Lucrece (l. 792) [Blushes]

How he in peace is wounded, not in war.
      - The Rape of Lucrece (l. 831) [Wounds]

'O Opportunity, thy guilt is great!
  'Tis thou that execut'st the traitor's treason;
    Thou sets the wolf where he the lamb may get;
      Whoever plots the sin, thou point'st the season.
        'Tis thou that spurn'st at right, at law, at reason;
          And in thy shady cell, where none may spy him,
            Sits Sin, to seize the souls that wander by him.
      - The Rape of Lucrece (l. 876) [Opportunity]

And for I know she taketh most delight
  In music, instruments, and poetry,
    Schoolmasters will I keep within my house,
      Fit to instruct her youth. If you, Hortensio,
        Or Signior Gremio, you, know any such,
          Prefer them hither, for to cunning men
            I will be very kind, and liberal
              To mine own children in good bringing-up.
      - The Taming of the Shrew (Baptista at I, i)
        [Teaching]

Faith, as you say, there's small choice in rotten apples.
      - The Taming of the Shrew
         (Hortensio at I, i) [Choice]

I'll feeze you, in faith.
      - The Taming of the Shrew (Sly at I, i)
        [Books (First Lines)]

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

Pisa, renowned for grave citizens,
  Gave me my being and my father first,
    A merchant of great traffic through the world,
      Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.
      - The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio at I, i)
        [Business]

There's small choice in rotten apples.
      - The Taming of the Shrew
         (Hortensio at I, i) [Choice]

Her father is Baptista Minola,
  An affable and courteous gentleman.
      - The Taming of the Shrew
         (Hortensio at I, ii) [Gentlemen]

Her only fault--and that is faults enough--
  Is that she is intolerable curst,
    And shrewd and froward, so beyond all measure,
      That were my state far worser than it is
        I would not wed her for a mine of gold.
      - The Taming of the Shrew
         (Hortensio at I, ii) [Faults]

O this learning, what a thing it is!
      - The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio at I, ii)
        [Learning]

Sir, I shall not be slack, in sign whereof,
  Please ye we may convive this afternoon
    And quaff carouses to our mistress's health,
      And do as adversaries do in law,
        Strive mightily but eat and drink as friends.
      - The Taming of the Shrew (Tranio at I, ii)
        [Law]

Take your paper too,
  And let me have them very well perfumed,
    For she is sweeter than perfume itself
      To whom they go.
      - The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio at I, ii)
        [Perfume]

Why came I hither but to that intent?
  Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
    Have I not in my time heard lions roar?
      Have I not heard the sea, puffed up with winds,
        Rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat?
          Have I not heard great ordnance in the field
            And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?
              Have I not in a pitched battle heard
                Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang?
                  And do you tell me of a woman's tongue,
                    That gives not half so great a blow to th' ear
                      As will a chestnut in a farmer's fire?
                        Tush, tush, fear boys with bugs.
      - The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at I, ii) [Women]

Why, give him gold enough and marry him to a puppet or an aglet-baby or an old trot with ne'er a tooth in her head, though she have as many diseases as two and fifty horses. Why, nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal.
      - The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio at I, ii)
        [Money]

And for an entrance to my entertainment
  I do present you with a man of mine,
    Cunning in music and the mathematics,
      To instruct her fully in those sciences,
        Whereof I know she is not ignorant.
      - The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at II, i) [Teaching]

(Baptista:) Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?
  (Hortensio:) Why, no, for she hath broke the lute to me.
      - The Taming of the Shrew
         (Baptista & Hortensio at II, i) [Women]

If she deny to wed I'll crave the day
  When I shall ask the banns, and when be married.
      - The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at II, i) [Matrimony]

Say she be mute and will not speak a word,
  Then I'll commend her volubility
    And say she uttereth piercing eloquence.
      - The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at II, i) [Eloquence]


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