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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
    While one with moderate haste might tell a hundred.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    Ham. His beard was grizzled,—no?
Hor. It was, as I have seen it in his life,
A sable silver’d.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    Let it be tenable in your silence still.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    Give it an understanding, but no tongue.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    Upon the platform, ’twixt eleven and twelve.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    Foul deeds will rise,
Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    A violet in the youth of primy nature,
Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
The perfume and suppliance of a minute.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 3.
    The chariest maid is prodigal enough,
If she unmask her beauty to the moon:
Virtue itself ’scapes not calumnious strokes:
The canker galls the infants of the spring
Too oft before their buttons be disclosed,
And in the morn and liquid dew of youth
Contagious blastments are most imminent.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 3.
    Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven;
Whiles, like a puff’d and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede. 1
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 3.
    Give thy thoughts no tongue.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 3.
    Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops 2 of steel.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 3.
Note 1.
And may you better reck the rede,
Than ever did the adviser.
Robert Burns: Epistle to a Young Friend. [back]
Note 2.
”Hooks” in Singer. [back]