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

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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
    Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. Oh, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise. I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    Suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    To hold, as ’t were, the mirror up to nature.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    The very age and body of the time his form and pressure.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    Though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    Not to speak it profanely.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    I have thought some of Nature’s journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    First Play. We have reformed that indifferently with us, sir.
Ham. O, reform it altogether.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    Horatio, thou art e’en as just a man
As e’er my conversation coped withal.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp,
And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee
Where thrift may follow fawning.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    A man that fortune’s buffets and rewards
Hast ta’en with equal thanks.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.