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Who knows himself a braggart,
Let him fear this; for it will come to pass
That every braggart shall be found an ass. A.W. iv. 3
What cracker is this same, which deafs our ears
With this abundance of superfluous breath ? K. J. ii. 1
Here's a large mouth, indeed,
That spits forth death, and mountains, rocks and seas;
Talks as familiarly of roaring lions,
As maids of thirteen do of puppy dogs. K. J. ii. 2
What art thou ? Have not I
An arm as big as thine ? a heart as big ?
Thy words, I grant, are bigger ; for I wear not
My dagger in my mouth.
Cym. iv. 2. BRAINS.
Could have knock'd out his brains, for he had none.
Cym. iv. 2. Hector shall have a great catch, if he knock out either of your brains; a' were as good crack a fusty nut with no kernel.
T. C. ii. 1. BRAWLS.
Swords out, and tilting one at other's breast,
In opposition bloody.
0. ii. 3. I pray you to serve Got, and keep you out of prawls and prabbles, and quarrels, and dissentions, and, I warrant you, it is the petter for you.
H. V. iv. 8.
What's the matter,
That you unlace your reputation thus,
And spend your rich opinion for the name
Of a night brawler ?
0. ii. 3.
Help, masters !—Here's a goodly watch, indeed. 0. ii. 3.
Highly fed, and lowly taught.
A.W. i. 1. BREVITY.
Therefore,-since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief.
H. ii. 2. BRIBERY.
Shall we now
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes ?
And sell the mighty space of our large honours,
For so much trash as may be grasped thus ?
I had rather be a dog and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman.
J. C. iv. 3.
Are much condemn'd to have an itching palm;
To sell and mart your offices for gold,
J. C. iv. 3. BRITAIN (See also ENGLAND).
A world by itself; and we will nothing pay
For wearing our own noses.
Cym. iii. 1.
As Neptune's park, ribbed and paled in
With rocks unscaleable, and roaring waters. Cym. iii. 1.
l' the world's volume,
Our Britain is as of it, but not in it;
In a great pool, a swan's nest.
Cym. iii. 4. BROILS, DOMESTIC.
Wars are no strife
To the dark house, and the detested wife. A.W. ii. 3.
This was the noblest Roman of them all;
All the conspirators, save only he,
Did that they did in envy of great Cæsar;
He, only, in a general honest thought,
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle ; and the elements
So mix'd in him, that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world: This was a man!
J.C. v. 5 BUBBLES.
The earth hath bubbles, as the water hath,
And these are of them.
M. i. 3
On my life, my lord, a bubble.
A. W. iii. 6 BUTTON-HOLDER.
Sometimes he angers me,
With telling me of the mold-warp, and the ant,
Of the dreamer Merlin, and his prophecies;
And of a dragon and a finless fish,
A clip-wing'd griffin, and a moulten raven,
A couching lion, and a rampant cat,
And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff
As puts me from my faith. I'll tell you what,-
He held me, but last night, at least nine hours,
In reckoning up the several devils' names,
That were his lackeys: I cried-humph, -and well-go tom
But mark'd him not a word. O he's as tedious
As is a tired horse, a railing wife ;
Worse than a smoky house: I had rather live
With cheese and garlick, in a windmill, far,
Than feed on cates, and have him talk to me,
In any summer-house in Christendom. H. IV. PT. I. ïïi. 1. BUT YET.
I do not like but yet, it does allay
The good precedence ; fié upon but yet ;
But yet is as a jailer to bring forth
Some monstrous malefactor. Prythee, friend,
Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear,
The good and bad together.
A. C. ii. 5.
CALUMNY (See also SLANDER.)
The whitest virtue strikes.
M. M. iii. 2.
Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow,
Shalt not escape calumny.
H. ii. 1.
That thou art blam’d, shall not be thy defect,
For slander's mark was ever yet the fair.
Speak of me as I am ; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice.
0. v. 3 In simple and pure soul I come to you.
0. i. 1 CANNONADE (See also SIEGE).
By east and west, let France and England mount
Their battering cannon, charged to the mouths;
Till their soul-fearing clamours have brawld down
The flinty ribs of this contemptuous city:
I'd play incessantly upon these jades.
Ev'n till unfenced desolation
Leave them as naked as the vulgar air.
K.J. ii. 2.
The truth is, I am only old in judgment and understanding; and he that will caper with me for a thousand marks, let him lend me the money, and have at him.
H. IV. PT. II. i. 2.
CAPTAIN, THE TITLE OF, PROSTITUTED.
Captain! thou abominable cheater, art thou not ashamed to be called captain ? If captains were of my mind, they would truncheon you out, for taking their names upon you before you have earned them. You a captain, you slave ! for what? A captain! these villains will make the word captain odious: therefore, captains had need look to it.
H. IV. PT. II. ii. 4.
You must needs learn, lord, to amend this fault.
Though sometimes it show greatness, courage, blood,
(And that's the dearest grace it renders you)
Yet oftentimes it doth present harsh rage,
Defect of manners, want of government,
Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain:
The least of which haunting a nobleman,
Loseth men's hearts; and leaves behind a stain
Upon the beauty of all parts besides,
Beguiling them of commendation. H. IV. PT. 1. ii. 1. CARE.
Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye,
And where care lodges sleep will never lie ;
But where unbruised youth with unstuff’d brain
Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign.
R. J. ii. 3.
You lay out too much pains,
For purchasing but trouble.
Cym. ii. 3. CARNAGE.
Slaying is the word ;
It is a deed in fashion.
J.C. v. 5. CAVALIER.
But he, as loving his own pride and purposes,
Evades them with a bombast circumstance,
Horribly stuff?d with epithets of war;
And, in conclusion, nonsuits
0. i. 1. CAVILLER.
I'll give thrice so much land
To any well deserving friend;
But in the way of bargain, mark you me,
I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair. H. IV. PT. I. iii. 1. CAUSE, Common.
For 'tis a cause that hath no mean dependence
Upon our joint and several dignities.
T. C. ii. 2.
A rotten cause abides no handling.' H. IV. PT. II. iv. 1.
I cannot fight upon
T.C. i. 1. CAUTION (See also ADVICE).
Too much trust hath damag'd such
As have believ'd men in their loves too much. Poems.
Take heed o' the foul fiend !
K. L. iii. 4.
It is the bright day that brings forth the adder,
And that craves wary walking.
J. C. ii, 1.
Good, my lord, let's fight with gentle words,
Till time lend friends, and friends their helping swords.
R. II. iii, 3.
Come not between the dragon and his wrath. K. L. i. 1.
Hear you me, Jessica :
Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum,
And the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd fife,
Clamber not you up to the casement then,
Nor thrust your head into the public street,
To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces ;
But stop my house's ears ; I mean my casements :
Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter
My sober house.
M. V. ii. 5.
Think him as a serpent's egg,
Which, hatch’d, would, as his kind, grow mischievous ;
And kill him in the shell.
J.C. ii. 1.
Let me still take away the harms I fear,
Not fear still to be taken.
K. L. i. 4.
HIow far your eyes may pierce I cannot tell,
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. K. L. i. 4.
EXCESSIVE, OF THE AGED.
But, beshrew my jealousy !
It seems, it is as proper to our age
To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions,
As it is common for the younger sort
To lack discretion.
H. ii. 1.
CELEBRITY (See also Fame).
Thrice-fam'd beyond all erudition.
T.C. ii. 3. CELERITY.
Celerity is never more admir'd.
Then by the negligent.
A.C. iii, 7
The flighty purpose never is o’ertook,
Unless the deed go with it.
M. iv. 1.