- Have more than thou showest,
Speak less than thou knowest,
Lend less than thou owest,
Ride more than thou goest,
Learn more than thou trowest,
Set less than thou throwest;
Leave thy drink and thy whore,
And keep in-a-door,
And thou shall have more
Than two tens to a score.
- The hedge sparrow fed the cuckoo so long,
That it had it head bit off by it young.
- Fortune, good-night: smile once more; turn thy wheel!
- That sir which serves and seeks for gain,
And follows but for form,
Will pack when it begins to rain,
And leave thee in the storm.
But I will tarry; the fool will stay,
And let the wise man fly:
The knave turns fool that runs away;
The fool, no knave, perdy.
- Our basest beggars
Are in the poorest thing superfluous:
Allow not nature more than nature needs,
Man's life is cheap as beast's.
- You see me here, you gods, a poor old man,
As full of grief as age; wretched in both!
If it be you that stir these daughters' hearts
Against their father, fool me not so much
To bear it tamely; touch me with noble anger,
And let not women's weapons, water-drops,
Stain my man's cheeks!
- The art of our necessities is strange,
And can make vile things precious.
- He that has and a little tiny wit,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
Must make content with his fortunes fit,
Though the rain it raineth every day.
- He's mad, that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath.
- As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods, —
They kill us for their sport.
- You are not worth the dust which the rude wind
Blows in your face.
- Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile:
Filths savour but themselves.
- When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools — This' a good block: —
It were a delicate strategem to shoe
A troop of horse with felt: I'll put 't in proof;
And when I have stol'n upon these sons-in-law,
Then kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill!
- The weight of this sad time we must obey;
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The oldest hath borne most: we that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.