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John Bartlett, comp. (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
 
William Shakespeare. (1564-1616)
 
King Henry VI. Part II.
 
 
1
    Main chance. 1
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act i. Sc. 1.
2
    Could I come near your beauty with my nails,
I ’d set my ten commandments in your face.
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act i. Sc. 3.
3
    Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep. 2
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act iii. Sc. 1.
4
    What stronger breastplate than a heart untainted!
Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just,
And he but naked, though locked up in steel,
Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. 3
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act iii. Sc. 2.
5
    He dies, and makes no sign.
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act iii. Sc. 3.
6
    Close up his eyes and draw the curtain close;
And let us all to meditation.
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act iii. Sc. 3.
7
    The gaudy, blabbing, and remorseful day
Is crept into the bosom of the sea.
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act iv. Sc. 1.
8
    There shall be in England seven halfpenny loaves sold for a penny; the three-hooped pot shall have ten hoops; and I will make it felony to drink small beer.
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act iv. Sc. 2.
9
    Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o’er, should undo a man?
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act iv. Sc. 2.
10
    Sir, he made a chimney in my father’s house, and the bricks are alive at this day to testify it.
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act iv. Sc. 2.
  
  
  
11
    Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar-school; and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill.
          King Henry VI. Part II. Act iv. Sc. 7.
 
Note 1.
Have a care o’ th’ main chance.—Samuel Butler: Hudibras, part ii. canto ii.

Be careful still of the main chance.—John Dryden: Persius, satire vi. [back]
Note 2.
See Raleigh, Quotation 3; Lyly, Quotation 20. [back]
Note 3.
See Marlowe, Quotation 2. [back]
 

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