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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
John Ford
        He is a noble gentleman; withal
Happy in ’s endeavours: the gen’ral voice
Sounds him for courtesy, behaviour, language,
And ev’ry fair demeanour, an example:
Titles of honour add not to his worth;
Who is himself an honour to his title.
Is not, as you conceive, indisposition
Of body, but the mind’s disease.
                        Oh, happy kings,
Whose thrones are raised in their subjects’ hearts.
        Sister, look ye,
How, by a new creation of my tailor’s
I’ve shook off old mortality.
        The joys of marriage are the heaven on earth,
Life’s paradise, great princess, the soul’s quiet,
Sinews of concord, earthly immortality,
Eternity of pleasures.
        There is a place in a black and hollow vault,
Where day is never seen; there shines no sun,
But flaming horror of consuming fires;
A lightless sulphur, chok’d with smoky fogs
Of an infected darkness; in this place
Dwell many thousand thousand sundry sorts
Of never dying deaths; there damn’d souls
Roar without pity; there are gluttons fed
With toads and adders; there is burning oil
Pour’d down the drunkard’s throat; the usurer
Is forc’d to sup whole draughts of molten gold;
There is the murderer forever stabb’d,
Yet can he never die; there lies the wanton
On racks of burning steel, while in his soul
He feels the torment of his raging lust;
There stand those wretched things,
Who have dream’d out whole years in lawless sheets,
And secret incests, cursing one another.
  Affections injured by tyranny, or rigor of compulsion, like tempest-threatened trees, unfirmly rooted, never spring to timely growth.  7
  Delay in vengeance gives a heavier blow.  8
  Diamonds cut diamonds.  9
  Her words are trusty heralds to her mind.  10
  Let them fear bondage who are slaves to fear; the sweetest freedom is an honest heart.  11
  Physicians are the cobblers, rather the botchers, of men’s bodies; as the one patches our tattered clothes, so the other solders our diseased flesh.  12
  Titles of honor add not to his worth, who is himself an honor to his title.  13

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