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

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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
    The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.
          King Lear. Act v. Sc. 3.
    Her voice was ever soft,
Gentle, and low,—an excellent thing in woman.
          King Lear. Act v. Sc. 3.
    Vex not his ghost: O, let him pass! he hates him much
That would upon the rack of this tough world
Stretch him out longer.
          King Lear. Act v. Sc. 3.
    That never set a squadron in the field,
Nor the division of a battle knows.
          Othello. Act i. Sc. 1.
    The bookish theoric.
          Othello. Act i. Sc. 1.
    ’T is the curse of service,
Preferment goes by letter and affection,
And not by old gradation, where each second
Stood heir to the first.
          Othello. Act i. Sc. 1.
    We cannot all be masters, nor all masters
Cannot be truly follow’d.
          Othello. Act i. Sc. 1.
    Whip me such honest knaves.
          Othello. Act i. Sc. 1.
    I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at.
          Othello. Act i. Sc. 1.
    You are one of those that will not serve God, if the devil bid you.
          Othello. Act i. Sc. 1.
    The wealthy curled darlings of our nation.
          Othello. Act i. Sc. 2.
    Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors,
My very noble and approv’d good masters,
That I have ta’en away this old man’s daughter,
It is most true; true, I have married her:
The very head and front of my offending
Hath this extent, no more. Rude am I in my speech, 1
And little bless’d with the soft phrase of peace:
For since these arms of mine had seven years’ pith,
Till now some nine moons wasted, they have used
Note 1.
Though I be rude in speech.—2 Cor. xi. 6. [back]