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

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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
    One woe doth tread upon another’s heel,
So fast they follow. 1
          Hamlet. Act iv. Sc. 7.
    Nature her custom holds,
Let shame say what it will.
          Hamlet. Act iv. Sc. 7.
    1 Clo. Argal, he that is not guilty of his own death shortens not his own life.
2 Clo. But is this law?
1 Clo. Ay, marry, is ’t; crowner’s quest law.
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners.
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    Cudgel thy brains no more about it.
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    Has this fellow no feeling of his business?
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness.
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    A politician,… one that would circumvent God.
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    Why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddities now, his quillets, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks?
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    One that was a woman, sir; but, rest her soul, she ’s dead.
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    How absolute the knave is! we must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us.
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
    The age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe.
          Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1.
Note 1.
Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave.—Robert Herrick: Sorrows Succeed.

Woes cluster; rare are solitary woes;
They love a train, they tread each other’s heel.
Edward Young: Night Thoughts, night iii. line 63.

And woe succeeds to woe.—Alexander Pope: The Iliad, book xvi. line 139. [back]