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WORLD
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My soul, what's lighter than a feather? Wind.
  Than wind? The fire. And what than fire? The mind.
    What's lighter than the mind? A thought. Than thought?
      This bubble world. What than this bubble? Nought.
      - Francis Quarles, Emblems (bk. I, 4)

The world is woman's book.
  [Fr., Le monde est le livre des femmes.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The worlde bie diffraunce ys ynn orderr founde.
      - William Rowley, The Tournament

Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something.
      - Dean Rusk

The world delights to tarnish shining names,
  And to trample the sublime in the dust.
    [Ger., Es liebt die Welt, das Stralende zu schwarzen
      Und das Erhabne in den Staub zu ziehn.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Das Madchen von Orleans

For the world is ruled by interest alone.
  [Ger., Denn nur vom Nutzen wird die Welt regiert.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (I, 6, 37)

I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land.
  [Lat., Non sum uni angulo natus; patria nea totus hic est mundus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles
         (28)

Wise men sometimes avoid the world:
  They lose it that do buy it with much care.
      - William Shakespeare

You have too much respect upon the world:
  They lose it that do buy it with much care.
      - William Shakespeare

O, what a world is this, when what is comely,
  Envenoms him that bears it!
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It

All the world's a stage,
  And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their exits and their entrances,
      And one man in this time plays many parts,
        His acts being seven ages.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy:
  This wide and universal theatre
    Presents more woeful pageants than the scene
      Wherein we play in.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Duke Senior at II, vii)

O God,
  How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
    Seem to me all the uses of this world!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, ii)

For some must watch, while some must sleep;
  Thus runs the world away.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

Would I were dead, if God's good will were so,
  For what is in this world but grief and woe?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at II, v)

The world is grown so bad,
  That wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch.
      - William Shakespeare, King Richard III

Mad world! Mad kings! Mad composition!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Life and Death of King John
         (Bastard at II, i)

The earth hath bubbles as the water has,
  And these are of them.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Banquo at I, iv)

Ay, but to die, and go we know not where,
  To lie in cold obstruction and to rot,
    This sensible warm motion to become
      A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit
        To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside
          In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice,
            To be imprisoned in the viewless winds
              And blown with restless violence round about
                The pendent world; or to be worse that worst
                  Of those that lawless and incertain thought
                    Imagine howling, 'tis too horrible.
                      The weariest and most loathed worldly life
                        That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment
                          Can lay on nature is a paradise
                            To what we fear of death.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Claudio at III, i)

I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano--
  A stage where every man must play a part,
    And mine a sad one.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Antonio at I, i)

Why, then the world's mine oyster,
  Which I with sword will open.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Pistol at II, ii)

I cannot tell: the world is grown so bad
  That wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at I, iii)

Everybody in this world wants watching, but nobody more than ourselves.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The highest philosophers, in explaining the mystery of this world, are obliged to call in the aid of another.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The world's great age begins anew,
  The golden years return,
    The earth doth like a snake renew
      Her winter weeds outworn.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley


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