Jesters do often prove prophets.
So farewell—to the little good you bear me.
Farewell? a long farewell to all my greatness!
This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes, to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honors thick upon him;
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls as I do.
Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.
Joy delights in Joy.
Beware of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in, bear it that the opposer may beware of thee.
This above all—to thine own self be true; And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Topics: Courage, Truth, Being Ourselves, Integrity, Individuality
Do you know what a man is? Are not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and such like, the spice and salt that season a man?
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
Whereof whats past is prologue, what to comeIn yours and my discharge.
My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.
Topics: Gratitude, Happiness, Blessings, Contentment, Reality, Opportunities, Appreciation
Thus we play the fool with the time and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
Topics: Evil, Hypocrisy, Argument, Perspective
I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go oer.
I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
To thine own self be true.
If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work: but when they seldom come, they wished for come, and nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
Topics: Holidays, Pleasure, Perspective, One liners
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