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Sometimes something worth doing is worth overdoing.
- David Letterman
An ounce of enterprise is worth a pound of privilege.
- Frederic Rowland Marvin,
Companionship of Books (p. 318)
My glass is not large, but I drink from my glass.
[Fr., Mon verre n'est pas grand, mais je bois dans mon verre.]
- Louis Charles Alfred de Musset
Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow;
The rest is all but leather and prunello.
- Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
(epistle IV, 203)
Why fight for a flag when you can buy one for a nickel.
- Ezra Pound
The game is not worth the candle.
[Fr., Le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle.]
(French), quoted by Lord Chesterfield
What is aught but as 'tis valued?
- William Shakespeare
(Goneril:) I have been worth the whistle.
(Albany:) O Goneril,
You are not worth the dust which the rude wind
Blows in your face.
- William Shakespeare, King Lear
(Goneril & Albany at IV, ii)
Now, good my lord,
Let there be some more test made of my mettle
Before so noble and so great a figure
Be stamped upon it.
- William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
(Angelo at I, i)
O, how thy worth with manners may I sing
When thou art all the better part of me?
What can mine own praise to mine own self bring,
And what is't but mine own when I praise thee?
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXXIX
I would that I were low laid in my grave.
I am not worth this coil that's made for me.
- William Shakespeare,
The Life and Death of King John
(Arthur at II, i)
Oh that simplicity and innocence its own unvalued work so seldom knows!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Beauties that from worth arise are like the grace of deities.
- Sir John Suckling
It is a maxim, that those to whom everybody allows the second place have an undoubted title to the first.
- Jonathan Swift, Tale of a Tub--Dedication
I know transplanted human worth will bloom to profit otherwhere.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson
The two Great Unknowns, the two Illustrious Conjecturabilities! They are the best known unknown persons that have ever drawn breath upon the planet. (the Devil and Shakespeare.)
- Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
Shakespeare Dead? (ch. III)
All human things
Of dearest value hang on slender strings.
- Edmund Waller, Miscellanies (I, l. 163)
But though that place I never gain,
Herein lies comfort for my pain:
I will be worthy of it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
I Will be Worthy of It
It is easy enough to be prudent,
When nothing tempts you to stray;
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But it's only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor of earth,
Is the one that resists desire.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Worth While
The foolish and vulgar are always accustomed to value equally the good and the bad.
[Sp., Siempre acostumbra hacer el vulgo necio,
De le bueno y lo malo igual aprecio.]
- Tomas de Yriarte (Iriarte), Fables
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