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Orlando De Boys: I do desire we may be better strangers.

Jaques: All the world's a stage,/ And all the men and women merely players: /They have their exits and their entrances; /And one man in his time plays many parts,/ His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,/ Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms./ And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel/ And shining morning face, creeping like snail /Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, /Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad /Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier, /Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, /Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,/ Seeking the bubble reputation /Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice, /In fair round belly with good capon lined, /With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, /Full of wise saws and modern instances; /And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts /Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon, /With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, /His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide /For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, /Turning again toward childish treble, pipes /And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, /That ends this strange eventful history, /Is second childishness and mere oblivion, /Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Duke Senior: Sweet are the uses of adversity.

Jaques: And so, from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, and from hour to hour, we rot and rot, and thereby hangs a tale.

Touchstone: The fool doth think he is wise but, the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

Jaques: Good morrow, fool!
Touchstone: O sir, call me not fool till heaven hath sent me fortune.

Rosalind: Nay, an you be so tardy, come no more in my sight: I had as lief be wooed of a snail.
Orlando De Boys: Of a snail?
Rosalind: Ay, of a snail; for though he comes slowly, he carries his house on his head; a better jointure, I think, than you make a woman: besides he brings his destiny with him.

Rosalind: I would rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad. And to travel for it too!

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