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John Bartlett, comp. (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
 
William Shakespeare. (1564-1616)
 
The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
 
 
1
    Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act i. Sc. 1.
2
    I have no other but a woman’s reason:
I think him so, because I think him so.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act i. Sc. 2.
3
    O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day!
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act i. Sc. 3.
4
    And if it please you, so; if not, why, so.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act ii. Sc. 1.
5
    O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible,
As a nose on a man’s face, 1 or a weathercock on a steeple.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act ii. Sc. 1.
6
    She is mine own,
And I as rich in having such a jewel
As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act ii. Sc. 4.
7
    He makes sweet music with th’ enamell’d stones,
Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge
He overtaketh in his pilgrimage.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act ii. Sc. 7.
8
    That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man,
If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act iii. Sc. 1.
9
    Except I be by Sylvia in the night,
There is no music in the nightingale.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act iii. Sc. 1.
10
    A man I am, cross’d with adversity.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act iv. Sc. 1.
  
  
  
11
    Is she not passing fair?
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act iv. Sc. 4.
12
    How use doth breed a habit in a man! 2
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act v. Sc. 4.
13
    O heaven! were man
But constant, he were perfect.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act v. Sc. 4.
14
    Come not within the measure of my wrath.
          The Two Gentleman of Verona. Act v. Sc. 4.
 
Note 1.
As clear and as manifest as the nose in a man’s face.—Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sect. 3, memb. 4, subsect. 1. [back]
Note 2.
Custom is almost second nature.—Plutarch: Preservation of Health. [back]
 

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