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Than a perpetual honour. Dar’st thou die?
THE HYPOCRISY OF ANGELO.
There my father's grave
VIRTUE AND GOODNESS.
GREATNESS SUBJECT TO CENSURE. O PLACE and greatness, millions of false eyes Are stuck upon thee! volumes of report Run with these false and most contrarious quests Upon thy doings! thousand 'scapest of wit Make thee the father of their idle dream, Aud rack thee in their fancies.
* Shut up
Take, oh take, those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
Lights that do mislead the morn:
Which thy frozen bosom bears,
Are of those that April wears :
As fast lock'd up in sleep, as guiltless labour When it lies starkly* in the traveller's bones.
O PRINCE, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st
* Habits and characters of office.
MIRTH AND MELANCHOLY.
Now, by two-headed Janus,
For aught I see, they are as sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing : It is no mean happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean; superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
Let me play the fool: With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come; And let my liver rather heat with wine, Than my heart cool with mortifying groans. Why should a man, whose blood is warm within, Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster? Sleep when he wakes ? and creep into the jaundice By being peevish?
I tell thee what, Antonio, I love thee, and it is my love that speaks ;
There are a sort of men, whose visages
Mark you this, Bassanio,
Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice: His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them; and, when you have them, they are not worth the search.
SPECULATION MORE EASY THAN PRACTICE.
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages, princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The brain may devise laws for the blood ; but a hot temper leaps over a cold decree: such a hare is madness the youth, to skip o'er the meshes of good counsel the cripple.
* Obstinate silence.