Thyself and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, ’t were all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch’d, But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. ➡— Measure for Measure god
We have strict statutes and most biting laws, The needful bits and curbs to headstrong steeds, — Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep; Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave, That goes not out to prey. Now, as fond fathers, Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, Only to stick it in their children's sight For terror, not to use, in time the rod Becomes more mock'd than fear'd; so our decrees, Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead, And liberty plucks justice by the nose; The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart Goes all decorum. ➡— Measure for Measure fear
I have on Angelo impos'd the office; Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home. ➡— Measure for Measure home
A man whose blood Is very snow-broth; one who never feels The wanton stings and motions of the sense. ➡— Measure for Measure man
He arrests him on it; And follows close the rigour of the statute, To make him an example. ➡— Measure for Measure
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