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King Lear and All's Well That Ends Well

I am out o’ friends, madam

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Fool
I am out o’ friends, madam, and I hope to have
friends for my wife’s sake.
Countess
Such friends are thine enemies, knave.

for young Charbon the Puritan and old
Poysam the Papist, howsome’er their hearts are
severed in religion, their heads are both one

Fool
You’re shallow,
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Act 1
Scene 3
Line 40

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Sirrah, I’ll teach thee a speech

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Fool
Sirrah, I’ll teach thee a speech.
King Lear
Do.
Fool
Mark it, nuncle:

Have more than thou showest.
Speak less than thou knowest,
Lend less than thou owest,
Ride more than thou goest,
Learn more than thou trowest,
Set less than thou throwest;
Leave thy drink and thy whore
And keep in-a-door,
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Source:
Act 1
Scene 4
Line 119

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Prithee tell him, so much the rent of his land comes to

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Fool, to Kent
Prithee tell him, so much the rent of his
land comes to. He will not believe a Fool.
King Lear
A bitter Fool!
Fool
Dost know the difference, my boy, between a
bitter fool and a sweet one?
King Lear
No, lad,
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Act 1
Scene 4
Line 138

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Nuncle, give me an egg

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Fool
Nuncle, give me
an egg, and I’ll give thee two crowns.
King Lear
What two crowns shall they be?
Fool
Why, after I have cut the egg i’ th’ middle and eat
up the meat, the two crowns of the egg. When thou
clovest thy crown  i’ th’ middle and gav’st away
both parts,
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Source:
Act 1
Scene 4
Line 159

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If a man’s brains were in ‘s heels

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Fool
If a man’s brains were in ‘s heels, were ‘t not in
danger of kibes?
King Lear
Ay, boy.
Fool
Then, I prithee, be merry; thy wit shall not go slipshod.
King Lear
Ha, ha, ha!
Fool
Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly,
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Act 1
Scene 5
Line 8

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Are you three usurers’ men?

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Fool
Are you three usurers’ men?
All The Men
Ay, fool.
Fool
I think no usurer but has a fool to his servant.
My mistress is one, and I am her Fool. When men
come to borrow of your masters, they approach
sadly and go away merry, but they enter my master’s
house merrily and go away sadly.
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Source:
Act 2
Scene 2
Line 109

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My dear lord, You know the fiery quality of the Duke

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Gloucester
My dear lord,
You know the fiery quality of the Duke,
How unremovable and fixed he is
In his own course.
King Lear
Vengeance, plague, death, confusion!
—Fiery? What —quality? Why Gloucester, Gloucester,
I’d speak with the Duke of Cornwall and his wife.
Gloucester
Well, my good lord,
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Act 2
Scene 4
Line 99

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Blow winds, and crack your cheeks!

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King Lear
Blow winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks.
You sulph’rous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head. And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ th’ world.
Crack nature’s molds, all germens spill at once
That makes ingrateful man.
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Source:
Act 3
Scene 2
Line 1

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My wits begin to turn

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King Lear
My wits begin to turn.—
Come on, my boy. How dost, my boy? Art cold?
I am cold myself.—Where is this straw, my fellow?
The art of our necessities is strange
And can make vile things precious. Come, your hovel.—
Poor Fool and knave, I have one part in my heart
That’s sorry yet for thee.
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Source:
Act 3
Scene 2
Line 73

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Has his daughters brought him to this pass?

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King Lear
Has his daughters brought him to this pass?—
Couldst thou save nothing? Wouldst thou give ’em all?
Fool
Nay, he reserved a blanket, else we had been all shamed.
King Lear
Now all the plagues that in the pendulous air
Hang fated o’er men’s faults light on thy daughters!
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Act 3
Scene 4
Line 68

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