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English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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So thanks to all at once and to each one,
  Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.
      - Macbeth (Malcolm at V, viii)
        [Books (Last Lines)]

They say be parted well and paid his score,
  And so, God be with him.
      - Macbeth (Siward at V, viii) [Parting]

Why then, God's soldier be he.
  Had I as many sons as I have hairs,
    I would not wish them to a fairer death:
      And so his knell in knolled.
      - Macbeth (Siward at V, viii) [Soldiers]

Your cause of sorrow
  Must not be measured by his worth, for then
    It hath no end.
      - Macbeth (Ross at V, viii) [Sorrow]

Great men may jest with saints; 'tis wit in them;
  But, in the less, foul profanation.
      - Measure for Measure [Wit]

His life is parallel'd
  E'en with the stroke and line of his great justice;
    He doth with holy abstinence subdue
      That in himself which he spurs on his power
        To qualify in others.
      - Measure for Measure [Abstinence]

  There is a kind of character in thy life,
    That to th' observer doth thy history
      Fully unfold.
      - Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at I, i) [Character]

      - Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at I, i)
        [Books (First Lines)]

I'll privily away; I love the people,
  But do not like to stage me to their eyes;
    Though it do well, I do not relish well
      Their loud applause and aves vehement,
        Nor do I think the man of safe discretion
          That does not affect it.
      - Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at I, i) [Applause]

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.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at I, i)

Spirits are not finely touched
  But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends
    The smallest scruple of her excellence
      But like a thrifty goddess she determines
        Herself the glory of a creditor,
          Both thanks and use.
      - Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at I, i) [Spirit]

Acquaint her with the danger of my state;
  Implore her, in my voice, that she makes friends
    To the strict deputy; bid herself assay him.
      I have great hope in that; for in her youth
        There is a prone and speechless dialect,
          Such as move men; beside, she hath prosperous art
            When she will play with reason and discourse,
              And well she can persuade.
      - Measure for Measure (Claudio at I, ii)

Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.
      - Measure for Measure (Pompey at I, ii)

Thus can the demigod Authority
  Make us pay down for our offense by weight
    The words of heaven; on whom it will, it will,
      On whom it will not, so: yet still 'tis just.
      - Measure for Measure (Claudio at I, ii)

In time the rod
  Becomes more mocked than feared.
      - Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at I, iii)

We have strict statutes and most biting laws,
  The needful bits and curbs to headstrong jades,
    Which for this fourteen years we have let slip;
      Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave,
        That goes not out to prey.
      - Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at I, iii) [Law]

Our doubts are traitors,
  And make us lose the good we oft might win,
    By fearing to attempt.
      - Measure for Measure (Lucio at I, iv)
        [Doubt : Proverbs]

I not deny,
  The jury passing on the prisoner's life
    May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two
      Guiltier than him they try; what's open made to justice,
        That justice seizes; what knows the laws
          That thieves do pass on thieves?
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, i)

Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so;
  Pardon is still the nurse of second woe.
      - Measure for Measure (Escalus at II, i)

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
      - Measure for Measure (Escalus at II, i)
        [Proverbs : Sin]

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall:
  Some run from breaks of ice, and answer none,
    And some condemned for a fault alone.
      - Measure for Measure (Escalus at II, i)
        [Proverbs : Sin]

We must not make a scarecrow of the law,
  Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,
    And let it keep one shape, till custom make it
      Their perch and not their terror.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, i)

Alas, ala:
  Why, all the souls that were were forfeit once,
    And He that might the vantage best have took,
      Found out the remedy.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

Because authority, though it err like others,
  Hath yet a kind of medicine in itself
    That skins the vice o' th' top; go to your bosom,
      Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know
        That's like my brother's fault; if it confess
          A natural guiltiness such as is his,
            Let it not sound a thought upon your tongue
              Against my brother's life.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)
        [Faults : Self-examination]

But man, proud man,
  Drest in a little brief authority,--
    Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
      As make the angels weep.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

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