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Joe Medina provided this collection of quotations that Fr Ermin Schneider (English teacher and Shakespearean scholar) had students record in a notebook...


 Put not your trust in money but put your money in trust. 

 The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. 

 Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to
deceive--Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832, Canto vi, stanza 17

 To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Thomas 
Campbell, 1777-1844, Hollowed Ground, stanza 6

 Tis with our judgments as our watches, none go just alike, 
yet each believes his own. Alex Pope, ESSAY ON CRITICISM, 
1711, part I, line 9

 True wit is nature to advantage dressed. What oft was 
thought but ne're so well expressed. Alexander Pope 1688-
1744, ibid. part II, line 53.

 Brevity is the soul of wit. Shakespeare HAMLET, act II, sc 
2, line 90

 When 'er a noble deed is wrought; when 'er is spoken a noble 
thought our hearts in glad surprise to higher levels rise. 

 In the lexicon of youth which fate reserves for a bright 
manhood there is no such word as fail. Edward Bulwer Lytton 
Richelieu, act ii, sc 2, 1803-1873

 The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you 
can do well and doing well whatever you do without a thought 
of fame. Longfellow

 True nobility is exempt from fear. Shakespeare, HENRY VI, 
act iv, sc 1, line 129

 Man is the glory jest and riddle of the world. Pope

 One touch of nature make the whole world kin. Shakespeare, 

 How blessings brighten as they take their flight!, Edward 
Young, 1683-1765, NIGHT THOUGHTS, Night, II, line 602

 Calamity is man's true touchstone. Beaumont 1584-1616 and 
Fletcher, 1579-1625, FOUR PLAYS IN ONE, TRIUMPH OF HONOR, 

 They also serve who only stand and wait. Milton, Sonnet xv, 
on his blindness

 Virtue though in rags will keep me warm. John Dryden, 
IMITATION OF HORACE, bk III, Ode 29, line 87. 1685

 Music has charm to soothe the savage breast. Wm Condreve, 
1670-1729 THE MOURNING BRIDE, 1697, act 1, sc 2

 How sour is sweet music when time is broke and no proportion 
kept. Shakespeare KING RICHARD II, act iv, sc v, line 42

 He who climbs high endangers many a fall. Chaucer

 He's armed without that's innocent within. Pope, Epistle I, 
bk. 1, line 94

 To read without reflecting is like eating without digestion. 

 Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. HENRY VI, ACT V, 
sc 6, line 11, Shakespeare

 How poor are they that have no patience! OTHELLO, ACT II, 
sc 3, line 379, Shakespeare

 Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Moore

 Procrastination is the thief of time. Edward Young NIGHT 

 Tis late before the brave despair. Thompson

 Science may be learned by rote, wisdom not. Sterne

 Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, 
in trade, in short, in all management of human affairs. 

 What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How 
infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and 
admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension 
how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of 
animals and yet what is this quintessence of dust. 
Shakespeare HAMLET, ACT II, sc 2, line 317

 Sweet are the uses of adversity, which like the toad, ugly 
and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head; and 
this our life exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in 
trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and 
good in everything. Shakespeare, AS YOU LIKE IT, ACT II, sc 
1, line 12.

 There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the 
floods leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their 
life is bound in shallows and in misery. JULIUS CAESAR, ACT 
IV, sc 3, line 217, Shakespeare

 The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves 
that we are underlings. J. CAESAR, ACT 1, sc 2, line 134, 

 A preposition is a poor word to end a sentence with. Rule

 This is a nonsense up with which I will not put. Churchill

 One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the 
critical decisive. Write it in your heart that everyday is 
the best day in the year. Emerson

 The spacious firmament on high with all the blue ethereal 
sky, and spangled heavens, a shining frame their great 
Originator proclaim; The unwearied sun, from day to day 
Doth his Creators power display, and publishes in every land 
the work of an Almighty hand. Addison, 1672-1719

 Good name in man and woman is the immediate jewel of their 
souls, who steals my purse steals trash; tis something, 
nothing; twas mine, tis his, and has been slaved to 
thousandths; but he that filches from me my good name robs 
me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed. 
OTHELLO ACT III, sc 3, line 155, Shakespeare

 The one serviceable, safe, certain, remunerative, attainable 
quality in every study and every pursuit is the quality of 
attention. My own invention, or imagination, such as it is, 
I can most truthfully assure you, would never have served me 
as it has but for the habit of common place, humble, 
patient, daily toiling, drudging, attention. Dickens, 1812-

 A cheerful temper, joined with innocence will make beauty 
attractive, knowledge delightful and wit good natured. It 
will lighten sickness, poverty, and affliction, convert 
ignorance into an amiable simplicity, and render deformity 
itself agreeable. Addison

 Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrossed with the least 
shade of thought to sin allied; Woman! above all woman 
glorified, our tainted nature's solitary boast! Wordsworth, 

 THE DONKEY The tattered outlaw of the earth, of ancient 
crooked will; Starve, scourge, deride me--I am dumb, I keep 
my secrets still. Fools! For I also had my hour; one far 
fierce hour and sweet; there was a shout about my ears; and 
palms before my feet. G. K. Chesterson, 1874-1922

 I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree; 
Poems are made by fools like me; but only God can make a 
tree. Joyce Kilmer

 The soul secured in her existence, smiles at the drawn 
dagger--defies it's point. The stars shall fade away, the 
sun himself grow dim with age, and nature sink in years; but 
thou shall flourish in immortal youth, unhurt amidst the war 
of elements, the wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds. 

 Pleasures are like poppies spread, you seize the flower, its 
bloom is shed; or like the snowfall in the river, a moment 
white--then melts forever. R. Burns 1759-1796, TAM 
O'SHANTER, stanza 7

 What's in a name, that which we call a rose, by any other 
name would smell as sweet. ROMEO AND JULIET, Shakespeare

 The quality of mercy is not strained; it dropth as the 
gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath; it is twice 
blessed. It blesses him that gives and him that takes. Tis 
mightiest in the mightest; it becomes the throned monarch 
better than his crown; His specter shows the force of 
temporal power. The attribute to awe and majesty, wherein 
doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above 
this sceptred sway--It is enthroned in the hearts of kings. 
It is an attribute to God himself; and earthly power doth 
then show likest God's when mercy seasons justice. 
(Therefore Jew) Though justice be they plea, consider this 
that in the course of justice none of us should see 
salvation. We do pray for mercy and that same prayer doth 
teach us all to render the deeds of mercy. MERCHANT OF 
VENICE, ACT IV, sc 1, line 184, Shakespeare

 DANGERS OF DELAY Shun delays, they breed remorse; use thy 
time while time is lent thee; creeping snails make little 
course, fly their fault lest thou repent thee; good is best 
when soonest wrought, lingering labors come to naught. 
Hoist up sail while gale doth last, tide and wind stay no 
man's pleasure; seek not time when time is past; sober speed 
is wisdom's leisure. After-wit is dearly bought, let thy 
fore-wit guide thy thought. Time wears all his locks 
before. Take thy hold or else beware, when he flies he 
turns no more, and behind his scalp is bear. Works 
adjourned have many stays, long demures breed new delays. 
Seek the salve while sore is green, Festered wounds ask 
deeper lancing; after-cures are seldom seen, often sought, 
but rarely chancing; time and place give best advice, out of 
season, out of price. Drops will pierce the stubborn 
flint, not by force but often falling; custom kills by 
feeble dint; more by use than strengthen; Single sands have 
little weight, many make a drowning freight. Robert 
Southwell, 1560-1595.

 THIS WORLD IS ALL A FLEETING SHOW--This world is all a 
fleeting show, for man's illusion given; the smiles of joy, 
the tears of woe, deceitful shine, deceitful flow--there's 
nothing true but heaven! And false the light on glory's 
plume, as fading hues of even; and love and hope and 
beauty's bloom, are blossoms gathered for the tomb; there's 
nothing bright but heaven. Poor wonderers of a stormy day! 
from wave to wave we're driven, and fancy's flash and 
reason's ray serve but to light the troubled way--there's 
nothing calm but heaven. Thomas Moore, 1779-1852

 See thou character! Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any 
unproportionned thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by 
no means vulgar. The friends thou hast and their adoption 
tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel; but do 
not dull they palm with entertainment of each new hatched, 
unfledged comrade. beware of entrance to a quarrel, but, 
being in, bear't that the opponent may beware of thee. Give 
every man thine ear, but few they voice; take each man's 
censure but reserve they judgment. Costly thy habit as they 
purse can buy, but not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy; 
for thy apparel oft proclaims the man. Neither a borrower 
nor a lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend, 
and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all 
to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night 
the day, thou cans't not then be false to any man. HAMLET, 

 Two men looked out from prison bars; the one saw mud, the 
other, stars. Frederick Langbridge

 Nor Bethlehem nor Nazareth apart from Mary's call, Nor 
heaven itself a home for him, were not his mother there. 
Fr. Tabb

 When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, the 
line, too, labors and the words move slow. Pope

 Patience gains more victories than ability. anon

 Straws swim upon the surface, but pearls lie at the bottom. 

 Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before 
you let it fall. anon

 Neither locks had they to their doors, nor bars to their 
windows; but their dwellings were open as day and the hearts 
of the owners; there the richest was poor and the poorest 
lived in abundance. Anon from the belfry, Softly the 
Angelus sounded, and over the roofs of the village columns 
of pale blue smoke, like clouds of incense ascending, rose 
from a hundred hearths the homes of peace and contentment. 
Thus dwelt in love these simple Acadian farmers,--Dwelt in 
the love of God and of man, Alike were they free from fear, 
that reigns with the tyrant, and envy, the vice of 
republics. Stalworth and stately in form was the man of 
seventy winters; Fair was she to behold, that maiden of 
seventeen summers. Thus at peace with God and the world, 
the farmer of Grand Pre lived on his sunny farm, and 
Evangeline governed her household. Under the open sky in 
the odorous air of the orchard, stripped of its golden 
fruit, was spread the feast of betrothal. There in the 
shade of the porch were the priest and the notary seated; 
there good Benedict sat, and sturdy Basil the blacksmith. 
EVANGELINE, H. W. Longfellow, 1807-1882

 Since you will not listen to reason, you must bow to force. 

 Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, 
blossomed the lovely stars, the for-get-me-nots of the 
angels. EVANGELINE, Longfellow

 There disorder prevailed, an the tumult and stir of 
embarking. Busily plied the freighted boats; and in the 
confusion, Wives were torn from their husbands and mothers, 
too late, saw their children left on the land, extending 
their arms, with wildest entreaties. So unto separate ships 
were Basil and Gabriel carried. While in despair on the 
shore Evangeline stood with her father. Silence reigned 
in the streets; from the church no Angelus sounded, Rose no 
smoke form the roofs and gleamed no lights from the windows. 
Then from a neighboring thicket the mocking-bird, wildest 
of singers, swinging aloft on a willow spray that hung o'er 
the water, shook from his little throat such floods of 
delirious music that the whole air and the woods and the 
waves seemed silent to listen. Plaintive at first were the 
tones and sad; then soaring to madness seemed they to follow 
or guide the revel of frenzied Bacchantes. Single notes 
were then heard, in sorrowful, low, lamentation; till, 
having gathered them all, he flung them abroad in derision, 
as when, after a storm, a gust of wind through the tree-tops 
shakes down the rattling rain in a crystal shower on the 
branches. EVANGELINE, Longfellow

 We trample grass and prize the flowers of May, but grass is 
green when flowers do fade away. Robert Southwell

 When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for 
one people to dissolve the political bonds which have 
connected them with another, and to assume, among the 
peoples of the earth, the separate and equal station to 
which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a 
decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they 
should declare the causers which impel them to the 
separation. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution