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The pound of flesh that I demand of him

The pound of flesh that I demand of him
Is dearly bought.

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The quality of mercy is not strained.

The quality of mercy is not strained.

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Try what my credit can in Venice do

Try what my credit can in Venice do
To furnish you to Belmont, and fair Portia.

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That’s certain. I for my part knew the tailor

That’s certain. I for my part knew the tailor
That made the wings she flew withal.

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If you repay not on such a day

If you repay not on such a day
let the forfeit be an equal pound
of your fair flesh.

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In Belmont is a lady richly left

In Belmont is a lady richly left
And she is fair.

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You know me well, and herein spend but time

You know me well, and herein spend but time
To wind about my love with circumstance
And out of doubt you do me now more wrong.

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If every ducat in six thousand ducats

If every ducat in six thousand ducats
Were in six parts, and every part a ducat
I would not draw them. I would have my bond.

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But mercy is above this sceptered sway;

But mercy is above this sceptered sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute of God himself.

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And I beseech you,

And I beseech you,
Wrest once the law to your authority,
To do a great right, do a little wrong,
And curb this cruel devil of his will.

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Thus hath the candle singed the moth.

Thus hath the candle singed the moth.

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The Devil can cite scripture to suit his purpose.

The Devil can cite scripture to suit his purpose.

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I’ll not be made a soft and dull eyed fool!

I’ll not be made a soft and dull eyed fool!

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If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

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The villany you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.

The villany you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.

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Promise me life, and I’ll confess the truth.

Bassanio: Promise me life, and I’ll confess the truth.
Portia: Confess and live-
Bassanio: -Confess and love.

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Let me play the fool!

Let me play the fool!

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So the may the outward shows be least themselves;

So the may the outward shows be least themselves;
The world is still deceived with ornament.

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There is no vice so simple but assumes some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

There is no vice so simple but assumes some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

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Ornament is but the guiled shore to a most dangerous sea.

Ornament is but the guiled shore to a most dangerous sea.

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All that glisters is not gold;

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told;
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold.

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Young in limbs, in judgement old.

Young in limbs, in judgement old.