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

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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
    I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
For grief is proud, and makes his owner stoop.
          King John. Act iii. Sc. 1. 1
    Here I and sorrows sit;
Here is my throne, bid kings come bow to it.
          King John. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    Thou slave, thou wretch, thou coward!
Thou little valiant, great in villany!
Thou ever strong upon the stronger side!
Thou Fortune’s champion that dost never fight
But when her humorous ladyship is by
To teach thee safety.
          King John. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    Thou wear a lion’s hide! doff it for shame,
And hang a calf’s-skin on those recreant limbs.
          King John. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    That no Italian priest
Shall tithe or toll in our dominions.
          King John. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
Remembers me of all his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form.
          King John. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
          King John. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    When Fortune means to men most good,
She looks upon them with a threatening eye. 2
          King John. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    And he that stands upon a slippery place
Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up.
          King John. Act iii. Sc. 4.
    How now, foolish rheum!
          King John. Act iv. Sc. 1.
    To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
          King John. Act iv. Sc. 2.
Note 1.
Act ii. Sc. 2 in White. [back]
Note 2.
When fortune flatters, she does it to betray.—Publius Syrus: Maxim 278. [back]