Shakespeare: A Living Wage


Palamon:                                            Yes, I pity
Decays where’er I find them, but such most
That sweating in an honorable toil
Are paid with ice to cool ‘em.

                        –Shakespeare, The Two Noble Kinsmen, 1.2.31-33
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Shakespeare: There is No Vice So Simple

The world is still deceived with ornament.
In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,
But being seasoned with a gracious voice,
Obscures the show of evil? In religion,
What damned error but some sober brow
Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
There is no vice so simple but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

 –Bassanio, in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (3.2.74-82)