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FRAILTY
[ Also see Feebleness Weakness Women ]

A woman filled with faith in the one she loves is the creation of a novelist's imagination.
      - Honore de Balzac

Glass antique! 'twixt thee and Nell
  Draw we here a parallel!
    She, like thee, was forced to bear
      All reflections, foul or fair.
        Thou art deep and bright within,
          Depths as bright belong'd to Gwynne;
            Thou art very frail as well,
              Frail as flesh is,--so was Nell.
      - Laman Blanchard,
        Nell Gwynne's Looking Glass (st. 1)

Great for good, or great for evil.
      - Robert Burns

This is the porcelain clay of humankind.
      - John Dryden, Don Sebastian (act I, sc. 1)

What is man's love? His vows are broke even while his parting kiss is warm.
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck

Love has a tide.
      - Helen Hunt (Helen Hunt Jackson)

Court a mistress, she denies you; let her alone, she will court you.
      - Ben Jonson

All men are frail; but thou shouldst reckon none so frail as thyself.
      - Thomas a Kempis

Man with frailty is allied by birth.
      - Robert Lowth (Louth)

Unthought-of Frailties cheat us in the Wise.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. To Temple, l. 69)

When with care we have raised an imaginary treasure of happiness, we find at last that the materials of the structure are frail and perishing, and the foundation itself is laid in the sand.
      - Samuel Rogers

Sometimes we are devils to ourselves,
  When we will tempt the frailty of our powers,
    Presuming on their changeful potency.
      - William Shakespeare

Frailty, thy name is woman.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, ii)

That it should come to this,
  But two months dead, nay, not so much, not two,
    So excellent a king, that was to this
      Hyperion to a satyr, so loving to my mother
        That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
          Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth,
            Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him
              As if increase of appetite had grown
                By what it fed on, and yet within a month--
                  Let me not think on't; frailty, thy name is woman--
                    A little month, or ere those shoes were old
                      With which she followed my poor father's body
                        Like Niobe, all tears, why she, even she--
                          O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason
                            Would have mourned longer--married with my uncle,
                              My father's brother, but no more like my father
                                Than I to Hercules.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, ii)

The summer's flow'r is to the summer sweet,
  Though to itself it only live and die'
    But if that flow'r with base infection meet,
      The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
        For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
          Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCIV

But something may be done that we will not;
  And sometimes we are devils to ourselves
    When we will tempt the frailty of our powers,
      Presuming on their changeful potency.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Troilus at IV, iv)

The pretty and sweet manner of it forced
  Those waters from me which I would have stopped;
    But I had not so much of man in me,
      And all my mother came into mine eyes
        And gave me up to tears.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, vi)

Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we,
  For such as we are made of, such we be.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Viola at II, ii)

Man is frail, and prone to evil.
      - Jeremy Taylor

The French have a significant saying, that a woman who buys her complexion will sell it.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman


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