Courage mounteth with occasion.

Covering discretion with a coat of folly ;
As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots
That shall first spring, and be most delicate.

Civil dissension is a viperous worm,
That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.

Care is no cure, but rather corrosive,
For things that are not to be remedied.

Corruption wins not more than honesty.

Checks and disasters

Grow in the veins of actions highest rear'd; As knots, by the conflux of meeting sap, Infect the sound pine, and divert his grain Tortive and errant from his course of growth.

Ceremony was but devis'd at first

To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shewn ;

But where there is true friendship, there needs


Common chances common men can bear.

Cowards die

many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.

Celerity is never more admired

Than by the negligent.

Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base:

Nature hath meal and bran, contempt and grace.

Court holy-water in a dry house is better than rain-water out o' door.

Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye; And where care lodges, sleep will never lie.

Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,
Brags of his substance, not of ornament.

Conscience does make cowards of us all.

Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.


Direct not him whose way himself will choose; 'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt thou lose.

Delays have dangerous ends.

Delay leads impotent and snail-paced beggary.

Degree being vizarded,

Th' unworthiest shews as fairly in the mask.

Dogs are as often beat for barking,
As therefore kept to do so.

Doubting things go ill, often hurts more Than to be sure they do; for certainties Either are past remedies, or, timely knowing, The remedy then born.

Death remember'd should be like a mirror,
Who tells us, life's but breath; to trust it, error.

Distribution should undo excess,

And each man have enough.

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