I do love these ancient ruins.—We never tread upon them but we set our foot upon some reverend history.
DUCHESS: Diamonds are of most value,
They say, that have past through most jewellers’ hands.
FERDINAND: Whores, by that rule, are precious.
In all our quest of greatness, like wanton boys, whose pastime is their care, we follow after bubbles, blown in the air.
Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.
Fortune’s a right whore. If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels, that she may take away all at one swoop.
There is not in nature a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger.
Heaven’s gates are not so highly arched as princes’ palaces; they that enter there must go upon their knees.
Who fights with passions and overcomes, that man is armed with the best virtue—passive fortitude.
Gold that buys health can never be ill spent; nor hours laid out in harmless merriment.
Is not old wine wholesomest, old pippins toothsomest, old wood burn brightest, old linen wash whitest? Old soldiers, sweethearts, are surest, and old lovers are soundest.
We are merely the stars tennis-balls, struck and bandied which way please them.
When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons.
Vain ambition of kings
Who seek by trophies and dead things
To leave a living name behind,
And weave but nets to catch the wind.
The chiefest action for a man of spirit is never to be out of action; the soul was never put into the body to stand still.
Glories, like glow-worms afar off, shine bright, but looked at near have neither heat nor light.
The weakest arm is strong enough, that strikes
With the sword of justice.
Prosperity doth bewitch men, seeming clear;
As seas do laugh, show white, when rocks are near.
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