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There is in every man a certain feeling that he has been what he is from all eternity, and by no means become such in time.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling

Individual character is in the right that is in strict consistence with itself. Self-contradiction is the only wrong.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

They [the present generation] are like rats crawling about the club of Hercules.
  [Ger., Da krabbeln sie num, wie die Ratten auf der Keule des Hercules.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Die Rauber (I, 2)

Common natures pay with what they do, noble ones with what they are.
  [Ger., Gemeine Naturen
    Zahlen mit dem, was wie thun, edle mit dem, was sie sind.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Unterschied der Stande

A sound head, an honest heart, and an humble spirit are the three best guides through time and to eternity.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The most brilliant qualities become useless when they are not sustained by force of character.
      - Joseph Alexandre Pierre, Vicomte de Segur

Do you seek Alcide's equal? None is, except himself.
  [Lat., Quaeris Alcidae parem?
    Nemo est nisi ipse.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Furens (I, 1, 84)

One that goes with him; I love him for his sake,
  And yet I know him a notorious liar,
    Think him a great way fool, solely a coward.
      Yet these fixed evils sit so fit in him
        That they take place when virtue's steely bones
          Look bleak i' th' cold wind; withal, full oft we see
            Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Helena at I, i)

I prithee take thy fingers from my throat,
  For, though I am not splenitive and rash,
    Yet have I in me something dangerous,
      Which let thy wisdom fear.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at V, i)

O, sits high in all the people's hearts;
  And that which would appear offense in us,
    His countenance, like richest alchemy,
      Will change to virtue and to worthiness.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Casca at I, iii)

There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee, nor thou cam'st not of the blood royal if thou darest not stand for ten shillings.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at I, ii)

What a frosty-spirited rogue is this!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at II, iii)

They take it already upon their salvation that, though I be but Prince of Wales, yet I am the king of courtesy, and tell me flatly I am no proud Jack like Falstaff, but a Corinthian, a lad of mettle, a good boy (by the Lord, so they call me!), and when I am king of England I shall command all the good lads in Eastcheap.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at II, iv)

Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich being poor,
  Most choice forsaken, and most loved despised,
    Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King of France at I, i)

I do profess to be no less that I seem, to serve him truly that will put me in trust, to love him that is honest, to converse with him that is wise and says little, to fear judgment, to fight when I cannot choose, and to eat no fish.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Kent at I, iv)

What thou wouldst highly,
  That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false,
    And yet wouldst wrongly win.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Lady Macbeth at I, v)

I grant him bloody,
  Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
    Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
      That has a name.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Malcolm at IV, iii)

Angelo,
  There is a kind of character in thy life,
    That to th' observer doth thy history
      Fully unfold.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at I, i)

You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch. Therefore bear you the lanthorn.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Dogberry at III, iii)

Why, now I see there's mettle in thee; and even from this instant do build on thee a better opinion than ever before.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at IV, ii)

If Cassio do remain,
  He hath a daily beauty in his life
    That makes me ugly; and besides, the Moor
      May unfold me to him; there stand I in much peril.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at V, i)

He is deformed, crooked, old and sere,
  Ill-faced, worse bodied, shapeless everywhere;
    Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
      Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Adriana at IV, ii)

Heaven will one day open
  The king's eyes that so long have slept upon
    This bold bad man.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Chamberlain at II, ii)

How this grace
  Speaks his own standing! What a mental power
    This eye shoots forth! How big imagination
      Moves in this lip! To the dumbness of the gesture
        One might interpret.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Poet at I, i)

Now by two-headed Janus,
  Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time:
    Some that will evermore peep through their eyes
      And laugh like parrots at a bagpiper,
        And other of such vinegar aspect
          That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile
            Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Solanio at I, i)


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