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

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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
    A king of shreds and patches.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    How is ’t with you,
That you do bend your eye on vacancy?
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    This is the very coinage of your brain:
This bodiless creation ecstasy
Is very cunning in.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    Bring me to the test,
And I the matter will re-word; which madness
Would gambol from. Mother, for love of grace,
Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    Confess yourself to heaven;
Repent what’s past; avoid what is to come.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat,
Of habits devil, is angel yet in this.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    Refrain to-night,
And that shall lend a kind of easiness
To the next abstinence: the next more easy;
For use almost can change the stamp of nature.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    I must be cruel, only to be kind:
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    For ’t is the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petar.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    Diseases desperate grown
By desperate appliance are relieved,
Or not at all. 1
          Hamlet. Act iv. Sc. 3.
    A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
          Hamlet. Act iv. Sc. 3.
Note 1.
Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme disease.—Hippocrates: Aphorism i. [back]