And it is great to do that thing that ends all other deeds, which shackles accidents, and bolts up change. Antony and Cleopatra, Act v, Scene 2

O hearken the words of his voice of compassion: "come cling round about me, ye faithful who sicken of the weary unrest and the world's passing fashions! As the rain in mid-morning your troubles shall thicken, but surely within you some godhead doth quicken, as ye cry to me heeding, and leading you home."

POLONIUS:My honored lord, I will most humbly take my leave of you. HAMLET: You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal — except my life — except my life — except my life.

Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy, or fight someone, we tumble straight into the fires of hell.

Writers are selfish people who do not like to draw attention to this fact.

Sir, I desire you do me right and justice, and to bestow your pity on me; for I am a most poor woman and a stranger, born out of your dominions: having here no judge indifferent, nor no more assurance of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, sir, in what have I offended you? What cause hath my behavior given to your displeasure that thus you should proceed to put me off and take your good grace from me? Heaven witness, I have been to you a true and humble wife, at all times to your will conformable, even in fear to kindle your dislike, yea, subject to your countenance--glad or sorry as I saw it inclined. When was the hour I ever contradicted your desire or made it not mine too? Or which of your friends have I not strove to love, although I knew he were mine enemy? What friend of mine that had to him derived your anger, did I continue in my liking? nay, gave notice he was from thence discharged? Sir, call to mind that I have been your wife in this obedience upward of twenty years, and have been blest with many children by you. If in the course and process of this time you can report, and prove it too, against mine honor aught, my bond to wedlock, or my love and duty against your sacred person, in God's name turn me away, and let the foul'st contempt shut door upon me, and so give me up to the sharp'st kind of justice. Please you, sir, the king your father was reputed for a prince most prudent, of an excellent and unmatched wit and judgment. Ferdinand, my father, King of Spain, was reckoned one the wisest prince that there had reigned by many a year before. It is not to be questioned that they had gathered a wise council to them of every realm that did debate this business, who deemed our marriage lawful. Wherefore I humbly beseech you, sir, to spare me till I may be by my friends in Spain advised, whose counsel I will implore. If not, i' th' name of God, your pleasure be fulfilled! Henry VIII, Act ii, Scene 4

Smart technologies are not just disruptive; they can also preserve the status quo. Revolutionary in theory, they are often reactionary in practice.

He would not question Barretto's love, since to know Jenny is to love Jenny; it's a universal truth.

Scott took literature so solemnly. He never understood that it was just writing as well as you can and finishing what you start.

A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn.

Of all the evils that infest a state, a tyrant is the greatest; his sole will commands the laws, and lords it over them.

Don't waste time learning the "tricks of the trade." Instead, learn the trade.

Human life is basically a comedy. Even its tragedies often seem comic to the spectator, and not infrequently they actually have comic touches to the victim. Happiness probably consists largely in the capacity to detect and relish them. A man who can laugh, if only at himself, is never really miserable.