Woe to the land that's govern'd by a child!
Ceremony was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, recanting goodness, sorry ere 'Tis shown; but where there is true friendship, there needs none.
The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed- It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.
A whoreson jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths of him and might not spend them at my pleasure. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths, ha?
The time is out of joint. O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right!
All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
There is tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries; on such a full sea we are now afloat; and we must take the current the clouds folding and unfolding beyond the horizon. when it serves, or lose our ventures.
I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people.
The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.
We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day.
And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
I think the King is but a man as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me.
Thought are but dreams till their effects are tried.
What stronger breastplate than a heart untainted. [Henry Iv]