Such quintessentialised drops of wisdom are surely not ill stored up to support and strengthen us along 'the steep and thorny way' that lies before us; and the poor, who need these consolatory aids even more than the rich, will find the price of this small volume to be such as will enable them also to make it their pocket-companion.

In venturing to put an explanatory note here and there, the object in view was, of course, the convenience of the younger portion only of the public, to whom the peculiarly condensed use which Shakespeare has made of certain words may not be familiar.



A withered serving-man makes a fresh tapster.

A sentence is but a cheveril glove to a good wit.

A drunken man's like a drowned man, a fool, and a madman: one draught above heat makes him a fool; the second mads him; and a third drowns him.

A murd'rous guilt shews not itself more soon Than love that would seem hid: love's night is noon.

As surfeit is the father of much fast,
So every scope by the immoderate use
Turns to restraint.

After execution, judgment hath
Repented o'er his doom.

Authority, though it err like others,

Hath yet a kind of medicine in itself,

That skins the vice o' the top.

A victory is twice itself, when the achiever brings home full numbers.

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.

An two men ride of a horse, one must ride behind.

All pride is willing pride.

A giving hand, though foul, shall have fair praise.

A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind.

A light heart lives long.

A jest's prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it.

All things that are,

Are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.

A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross.

A light wife doth make a heavy husband.

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