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English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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For there was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
      - King Lear (Fool at III, ii) [Women]

He that has a house to put 's head in has a good headpiece.
      - King Lear (Fool at III, ii) [Architecture]

I am a man
  More sinned against than sinning.
      - King Lear (King Lear at III, ii) [Sin]

Tremble, thou wretch,
  That hast within thee undivulged crimes
    Unwhipped of justice.
      - King Lear (King Lear at III, ii) [Crime]

Keep thy foot out of brothels, thy hand out of plackets, thy pen from lenders' books, and defy the foul fiend.
      - King Lear (Edgar at III, iv) [Books]

Poor Tom, that eats the swimming frog, the toad, the todpole, the wall-newt and the water; that in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for sallets, swallows the old rat and the ditch-dog, drinks the green mantle of the standing pool; who is whipped from tithing to tithing, and stock-punished and imprisoned; who hath had three suits to his back, six shirts to his body,
  Horse to ride, and weapon to wear,
    But mice and rats, and such small deer,
      Have been Tom's food for seven long year.
      - King Lear (Edgar at III, iv) [Eating]

Take physic, pomp;
  Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
    That thou mayst shake the superflux to them
      And show the heavens more just.
      - King Lear (King Lear at III, iv)

The prince of darkness is a gentleman.
  Modo he's called, and Mahu.
      - King Lear (Edgar at III, iv) [Devil]

When the mind's free,
  The body's delicate.
      - King Lear (King Lear at III, iv) [Freedom]

Frateretto calls me, and tells me Nero is an angler in the lake of darkness. Pray, innocent, and beware the foul fiend.
      - King Lear (Edgar at III, vi) [Fishing]

The little dogs and all,
  Tray, Blanch, and Sweetheart--see, they bark at me.
      - King Lear (King Lear at III, vi) [Dogs]

When we our betters see bearing our woes,
  We scarcely think our miseries our foes.
      - King Lear (Edgar at III, vi) [Proverbs]

Who alone suffers suffers most i' th' mind,
  Leaving free things and happy shows behind;
    But then the mind much sufferance doth o'erskip
      When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.
      - King Lear (Edgar at III, vi) [Grief]

You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred; only I do not like the fashion of your garments.
      - King Lear (King Lear at III, vi) [Fashion]

I am tied to the stake, and I must stand the course.
      - King Lear (Gloucester at III, vii)

I am your host.
  With robber's hands in my hospitable favors
    You should not ruffle thus.
      - King Lear (Gloucester at III, vii)

As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods;
  They kill us for their sport.
      - King Lear (Gloucester at IV, i) [Gods]

Bad is the trade that must play fool to sorrow,
  Ang'ring itself and others.
      - King Lear (Edgar at IV, i) [Business]

The worst is not
  So long as we can say 'This is the worst.'
      - King Lear (Edgar at IV, i)
        [Misfortune : Worst]

(Goneril:) I have been worth the whistle.
  (Albany:) O Goneril,
    You are not worth the dust which the rude wind
      Blows in your face.
      - King Lear (Goneril & Albany at IV, ii)

Milk-livered man,
  That bear'st a cheek for blows, a head for wrongs;
    Who hast not in thy brows an eye discerning
      Thine honor from thy suffering; [that not know'st
        Fools do those villains pity who are punished
          Ere they have done their mischief. Where's thy drum?
            France spreads his banners in our noiseless land,
              With plumed helm thy state begins to threat,
                Whilst thou, a moral fool, sits still and cries
                  'Alack, why does he so?']
      - King Lear (Goneril at IV, ii) [Cowardice]

This shows you are above,
  You justicers, that these our nether crimes
    So speedily can avenge.
      - King Lear (Albany at IV, ii) [Justice]

It is the stars,
  The stars above us govern our conditions;
    Else one self mate and make could not beget
      Such different issues.
      - King Lear (Kent at IV, iii) [Stars]

Patience and sorrow strove
  Who should express her goodliest. You have seen
    Sunshine and rain at once--her smiles and tears
      Were like, a better way: those happy smilets
        That played on her ripe lip seemed not to know
          What guests were in her eyes, which parted thence
            As pearls from diamonds dropped.
      - King Lear (Gentleman at IV, iii)
        [Expression : Eyes]

There she shook
  The holy water from her heavenly eyes,
    And clamor moistened; then away she started
      To deal with grief alone.
      - King Lear (Gentleman at IV, iii) [Tears]

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