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  • 211.
    They are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing. It is no mean happiness therefore to be seated in the mean.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Nerissa, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 2, l. 5-8. "In the mean" means between extremes of too much and too little.

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  • 212.
    Let each man render me his bloody hand.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 184. Shaking hands with the murderers of Caesar, and seeming to make peace with them.
  • 213.
    The poorest service is repaid with thanks.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Petruchio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 4, sc. 3, l. 45. Demanding the Katherine thank him before she gets anything to eat.

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  • 214.
    The amity that wisdom knits not, folly may easily untie.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3, l. 101-2. Referring to the friendship of Ajax and Achilles.
  • 215.
    Silence is the perfectest herald of joy.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 306. Unable to express his happiness on being offered Hero in marriage.

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  • 216.
    What need the bridge much broader than the flood?
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 316. Telling Claudio there is no need to do more than is necessary to achieve his desire; "flood" means water or river.
  • 217.
    The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was!
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 211-4. Bottom confuses the senses, just as his dream is confused in recollection.

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  • 218.
    Men shut their doors against a setting sun.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Apemantus, in Timon of Athens, act 1, sc. 2, l. 145. Foreshadowing the fall of Timon.

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  • 219.
    Women may fall when there's no strength in men.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Friar Lawrence, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 3, l. 80. to Romeo, alluding to St. Paul's conception of the wife as the "weaker vessel" to be honored and protected by her husband (1 Peter 3:7).

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  • 220.
    Sparrows must not build in his house-eaves, because they are lecherous.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 2, l. 175-6. Criticizing Angelo.

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