John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
(continued) William Shakespeare. (15641616) 1140
Say, Wolsey, that once trod the ways of glory, And sounded all the depths and shoals of honour, Found thee a way, out of his wreck, to rise in; A sure and safe one, though thy master missed it.
King Henry VIII. Act iii. Sc. 2. 1141
I charge thee, fling away ambition: By that sin fell the angels.
King Henry VIII. Act iii. Sc. 2. 1142
Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty. Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not: Let all the ends thou aimst at be thy countrys, Thy Gods, and truths; then if thou fallst, O Cromwell, Thou fallst a blessed martyr!
King Henry VIII. Act iii. Sc. 2. 1143
Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, he would not in mine age Have left me naked to mine enemies.
King Henry VIII. Act iii. Sc. 2. 1144
A royal train, believe me.
King Henry VIII. Act iv. Sc. 1. 1145
An old man, broken with the storms of state, Is come to lay his weary bones among ye: Give him a little earth for charity!
King Henry VIII. Act iv. Sc. 2. 1146
He gave his honours to the world again, His blessed part to heaven, and slept in peace.
King Henry VIII. Act iv. Sc. 2. 1147
So may he rest; his faults lie gently on him!
King Henry VIII. Act iv. Sc. 2. 1148
He was a man Of an unbounded stomach.
King Henry VIII. Act iv. Sc. 2. 1149
Mens evil manners live in brass; their virtues We write in water. 1
King Henry VIII. Act iv. Sc. 2.
Note 1. For men use, if they have an evil tourne, to write it in marble; and whoso doth us a good tourne we write it in duste.Sir Thomas More: Richard III. and his miserable End. All your better deeds Shall be in water writ, but this in marble. Beaumont and Fletcher: Philaster, act v. sc. 3. Linjure se grave en métal; et le bienfait sescrit en londe. (An injury graves itself in metal, but a benefit writes itself in water.) Jean Bertaut. Circa 1611. [ back]