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  • 41.
    Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jack Cade, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 4, sc. 7, l. 32-4. The peasants accusations against Lord Saye.

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  • 42.
    I like not fair terms and a villain's mind.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bassanio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 179. On Shylock's offer to lend Antonio 3000 ducats.
  • 43.
    A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 3, l. 238-40. Justifying his sudden love for Beatrice.
  • 44.
    Well, if my wind were but long enough to say my prayers, I would repent.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 4, sc. 5, l. 102-3. On being cheated and beaten; "wind" = breath.

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  • 45.
    You come most carefully upon your hour.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Francisco, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 6. Greeting Bernardo, succeeding him as a guard on the king's castle in Elsinore.
  • 46.
    They have seemed to be together, though absent; shook hands as over a vast; and embraced as it were from the ends of opposed winds.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Camillo, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 1, l. 29-31. Describing the long friendship of Leontes of Sicily and Polixenes of Bohemia.

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  • 47.
    Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 166. On the idea of killing Caesar.
  • 48.
    Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground, long heath, brown furze, anything.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gonzalo, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 1, l. 65-7. Facing shipwreck.

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  • 49.
    He hath a heart as sound as a bell and his tongue is the clapper, for what his heart thinks, his tongue speaks.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 2, l. 12-14. Praising Benedick.

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  • 50.
    They say an old man is twice a child.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosencrantz, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 385. To Hamlet, who has just pointed out Polonius; proverbial.

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