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Proverbs
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[ Also see Catchphrases Laws of Life and Nature Old Sayings Proverbial Phrases Proverbs (General) ]

Whenever you see a fellow-creature in trouble, remember that he is a man.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Why will no man confess his faults? Because he continues to indulge in them; a man cannot tell his dream till he wakes.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

To err is human.
  [Lat., Humanum est errare.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) bk. IV, Declam. 3

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
  [Lat., Nihil aliud est ebrietas quam voluntaria insania.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (LXXXIII)

The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
  [Lat., Calamitosus est animus futuri anxius.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XCVIII)

What you would not have done to yourselves, never do unto others.
      - Alexander Severus

Although the last, not least.
      - William Shakespeare

Delays have dangerous ends.
      - William Shakespeare

God defend the right.
      - William Shakespeare

Great men may jest with saints: 'tis wit in them,
  But in the less, foul profanation.
 * * * * *
That in the captain's but a choleric word,
  Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy.
      - William Shakespeare

He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil.
      - William Shakespeare

I have you on the hip.
      - William Shakespeare

My man's as true as steel.
      - William Shakespeare

They that touch pitch will be defiled.
      - William Shakespeare

Love's mind of judgment rarely hath a taste:
  Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Helena at I, i)

And maidens call it--Love in idleness.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Lucentio at II, i)

Good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at IV, i)

All is well ended, if the suit be won.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (King of France at epilogue), (altered)

Love all, trust a few,
  Do wrong to none.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Countess of Rossillion at I, i)

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there,
  Where most it promises.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Helena at II, i)

We must every one be a man of his own fancy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Second Lord at IV, i)

The web of life is of mingled yarn, good and ill together.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Second Lord at IV, iii)

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together; our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not, and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Second Lord at IV, iii)

Our rash faults
  Make trivial price of serious thing we have,
    Not knowing them until we know their grave.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (King of France at V, iii)

The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (King of France at V, iii)

What our contempts do often hurl from us,
  We wish it ours again.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Antony at I, ii)

Some innocents 'scape not the thunderbolt.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at II, v)

Her very silence, and her patience,
  Speak to the people, and they pity her.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Duke Frederick at I, iii)

O how full of briars is this working-day world.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at I, iii)

Turning these jests out of service, let us talk in good earnest.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Celia at I, iii)

Are not these woods
  More free from peril than the envious court?
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Duke Senior at II, i)

Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens;
  'Tis just the fashion. Wherefore do you look
    Upon that poor and broken bankrupt there?
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (First Lord at II, i)

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
  Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
    Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Duke Senior at II, i)

All the world's a stage.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
  Thou art not so unkind
    As man's ingratitude:
      Thy tooth is not so keen,
        Because thou art not seen,
          Although thy breath be rude.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Amiens at II, vii)

Come, shepherd, let us make an honorable retreat; though not with bag and baggage, yet with scrip and crippage.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like it
         (Touchstone at III, ii)

Omittance is no quittance.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Phebe at III, v)

I'll potch at him some way;
  Or wrath or craft may get him.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Aufidius at I, x)

O, a kiss
  Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge!
    Now, by the jealous queen of heaven, that kiss
      I carried from thee dear; and my true lip
        Hath virgined it e'er since.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Coriolanus at V, iii)

Think'st thou it honourable for a noble man
  Still to remember wrongs?
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Volumnia at V, iii)

Breaking his oath and resolution, like
  A twist of rotten silk.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Aufidius at V, vi)

That, like an eagle in a dovecote, I
  Fluttered your Volscians in Corioles.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Coriolanus at V, vi)

Her pretty action did outsell her gift,
  And yet enriched it too. She gave it me and said
    She prized it once.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Iachimo at II, iv)

For there's no motion
  That tends to vice in man, but I affirm
    It is the woman's part.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Posthumus at II, v)

The sweat of industry would dry and die,
  But for the end it works to.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Balarius at III, vi)

Weariness
  Can snore upon the flint when resty sloth
    Finds the down pillow hard.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Belarius at III, vi)

Some falls the means are happier to rise.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Caius Lucius at IV, ii)

A little more than kin, and less than kind!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, i)

To persevere
  In obstinate condolement is a course
    Of impious stubbornness: 'tis unmanly grief.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at I, ii)

We ne'er shall look upon his like again.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, ii)


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