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English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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Can it be
  That modesty may more betray our sense
    Than woman's lightness? Having waste ground enough,
      Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary
        And pitch our evils there?
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it?
  Why, every fault's condemned ere it be done:
    Mine were the very cipher of a function,
      To fine the faults whose fine stands in record,
        And let go by the actor.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

Condemn the fault, but not the actor of it.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

For I am that way going to temptation,
  Where prayers cross.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

How would you be,
  If He, which is the top of judgment, should
    But judge you as you are? O think on that,
      And mercy then will breathe within your lips,
        Like man new made.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

I show it most of all when I show justice,
  For then I pity those I do not know,
    Which a dismissed offense would after gall,
      And do him right that, answering one foul wrong,
        Lives not to act another.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

Merciful heaven,
  Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt
    Splits the unwedgeable and gnarled oak
      Than the soft myrtle; but man, proud man,
        Dressed in a little brief authority,
          Most ignorant of what he's most assured
            His glassy essence--like an angry ape
              Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
                As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
                  would all themselves laugh mortal.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)
        [Authority : Mercy : Storms]

O cunning enemy that, to catch a saint,
  With saints dost bait thy hook: most dangerous
    Is that temptation that doth goad us on
      To sin in loving virtue.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)
        [Enemies : Temptation]

O, it is excellent
  To have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous
    To use it like a giant.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

O, let her brother live:
  Thieves for the robbery have authority
    When judges steal themselves.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

That in the captain's but a choleric word,
  Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)
        [Proverbs : Swearing]

Under your good correction, I have seen
  When, after execution, judgment hath
    Repented o'er his doom.
      - Measure for Measure (Provost at II, ii)

We cannot weigh our brother with ourself:
  Great men may jest with saints: 'tis wit in them,
    But in the less foul profanation.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

Well believe this,
  No ceremony that to great ones 'longs,
    Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword,
      The marshal's truncheon, nor the judge's robe,
        Become them with one half so good a grace
          As mercy does;
            If he had been as you, and you as he,
              You would have slipped like him; but he, like you,
                Would not have been so stern.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite,
  Lay by all nicety and prolixious blushes,
    That banish what they sue for: redeem thy brother
      By yielding up thy body to my will,
        Or else he must not only die the death,
          But thy unkindess shall his death draw out
            To ling'ring sufferance.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, iv)

When I would pray and think, I think and pray
  To several subjects: heaven hath my empty words
    Whilst my invention, hearing not my tongue,
      Anchors on Isabel: heaven in my mouth,
        As if I did but only chew his name,
          And in my heart the strong and swelling evil
            Of my conception.
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, iv)

O place, O form, How often dost thou with thy case, thy habit,
  Wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls
    To thy false seeming!
      - Measure for Measure (Angelo at II,iii)
        [Appearance : Etiquette : Manners]

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.
      - Measure for Measure (Claudio at III, i)
        [Death : World]

Be absolute for death: either death or life
  Shall thereby be the sweeter.
      - Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at III, i) [Death]

Dar'st thou die?
  The sense of death is most in apprehension,
    And the poor beetle that we tread upon
      In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great
        As when a giant dies.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at III, i)

Death is a fearful thing.
      - Measure for Measure (Claudio at III, i)

If I must die:
  I will encounter darkness as a bride,
    And hug it in mine arms.
      - Measure for Measure (Claudio at III, i)

If thou art rich, thou'rt poor,
  For, like an ass whose back with ingots bows,
    Thou bear'st thy heavy riches but a journey,
      And death unloads thee.
      - Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at III, i) [Wealth]

Left her in her tears, and dried not one of them with his comfort; swallowed his vows whole, pretending in her discoveries of dishonor; in few, bestowed here on her own lamentation, which she yet wears for his sake; and he, a marble to her tears, is washed with them, but relents not.
      - Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at III, i) [Tears]

O, fie, fie, fie!
  Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade;
    Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd,
      'Tis best that thou diest quickly.
      - Measure for Measure (Isabella at III, i)

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