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thou hast. Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes. What eye, but such an eye, would spy out such a quarrel ? — Thy head is as full of quarrels, as an egg is full of meat; and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg, for quarrelling. Thou hast quarrelled with a man for coughing in the street, because he hath waken’d thy dog that hath lain asleep in the sun. Didst thou not fall out with a tailor for wearing his new doublet before Easter? With another, for tying his new shots with old ribband? And yet thou wilt tutor me for quarrelling!
Benvolio. An I were so apt to quarrel as thou art, any man should buy the fee simple of my life for an hour and a quarter.
Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Scene 1.
Hamlet. Thus has he (and many more of the same breed, that I know, the drossy age dotes on) only got the tune of the time, and outward habit of encounter: a kind of yesty collection, which carries them through the most fond and winnow'd opinions; and, do but blow them to their trial, the bubbles are out.
Hamlet. Act v. Scene 2.
SUFFERERS FROM NATURAL DEFECTS.
Hamlet. So, oft it chances in particular men,
Or by some habit, that too much o'erleavens
Hamlet, Act i. Scene 4.
SELF-GOVERNMENT AND ITS VALUE.
Thou hast been
Ibid. Act ii, Scene 2.
+ Put out
SHOULD BE ACTIVE.
Duke. Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do;
Measure for Measure. Act i. Scene 1.
VIRTUE THE ONLY TRUE NOBILITY.
King. From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
Honours best thrive
All's well that ends well. Act ii. Scene 3.
Suffolk. True nobility is exempt from fear.
2nd part King Henry VI. Act iv. Scene 1.
Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
Measure for Measure. Act iii. Scene l.
VIRTUE'S WIDE INFLUENCE.
Portia. How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
Merchant of Venice. Act v. Scene 1.
Say. The trust I have is in mine innocence, And therefore am I bold and resolute.
2nd part King Henry VI. act iv. Scene 4.
VIRTUE CONSISTS IN ACTS AND THEIR REFLECTION.
Ulysses. Man-how dearly ever parted,*
This is not strange.-
* However excellently endowed.
Till it hath travell?d, and is married there,
No man is the lord of any thing,
Troilus and Cressida. Act iii. Scene 3.
HAVING previously hinted (I hope not too disrespectfully) at the Deontological doctrines of human duty, it seems unnecessary to go over the very similar ground connected with the subject of virtue. I will merely observe, the worå “ virtue” is used in this work in its common acceptation amongst the civilized nations of the present day, viz. as signifying that course of action sanctioned by the Christian religion, and which (thanks to the Divine Author of that religion) in the end, will always be found to procure for man his highest possible bappiness.
The doctrine of Deontology is, that man should act, in all cases, with the sole motive of procuring for himself the greatest possible amount of enjoyment; and that such expressions as “ habits of virtue” are all nonsense!