This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on: an admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! .
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. .
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 Fool, Scene IV .
Is man no more than this? Consider him well. Thou owest the worm no silk, the beast no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no perfume. Ha! heres three on s are sophisticated; thou art the thing itself; unaccomodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art.Lear, Scene IV .
Poor naked wretches, wheresoeer you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your loopd and windowd raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these? O! I have taen Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just.Lear, Scene IV .
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.The Fool, Scene IV .
And my poor fool is hangd! No, no, no life! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thoult come no more, Never, never, never, never, never! Pray you, undo this button: thank you sir. Do you see this? Look on her, look, her lips, Look there, look there!Lear, Scene III .
How fearful And dizzy tis to cast ones eyes so low! The crows and choughs, that wing the midway air Show scarce so gross as beetles; halfway down Hangs one that gathers samphire, — dreadful trade! Methinks he seems no bigger than his head. The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice, and yond tall anchoring bark Diminished to her cock; her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight. The murmuring surge, That on the unnumbered idle pebbles chafes, Cannot be heard so high.Edgar, Scene VI .
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: Ill put t in proof; And when I have stoln upon these sons-in-law, Then kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill!Lear, Scene VI .
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 womens weapons, water-drops, Stain my mans cheeks!Lear, Scene IV .
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