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" Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me. The brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent anything that tends to laughter, more than I invent, or is invented on me: I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other... "
The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Richard II. Henry IV, pt. 1-2 ... - Page 259
by William Shakespeare - 1826
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The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, Part 2

William Shakespeare - 1918 - 177 pages
...himself. His own fatness amuses him quite 1 v. 1. 74-76. as much as it can possibly amuse his friends : "I am not only witty in myself ; but the cause that...like a sow that hath- overwhelmed all her litter but one."1 He fully enjoys the ridiculous contrast between himself and his tiny page, and declares: "If...
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Shakespeare's Self

William Teignmouth Shore - Dramatists, English - 1920 - 186 pages
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The Freeman, Volume 6

Francis Neilson, Albert Jay Nock - History, Modern - 1922
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Hermathena, Issue 19; Issues 42-43

Literature - 1920
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The Yale Shakespeare: The second part of King Henry the fourth, ed. by S.B ...

William Shakespeare - 1921
...at me: the brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent anything that tends 8 to laughter, more than I invent or is invented on...walk before thee like a sow that hath overwhelmed all 12 her litter but one. If the prince put thee into my service for any other reason than to set me off,...
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The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth, Ed

William Shakespeare - 1921 - 160 pages
...at me: the brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent anything that tends 8 to laughter, more than I invent or is invented on...walk before thee like a sow that hath overwhelmed all 12 her litter but one. If the prince put thee into my service for any other reason than to set me off,...
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The Sense of Humor

Max Eastman - Wit and humor - 1921 - 257 pages
...him. "The brain of this foolish compounded clay, man," says Sir John, "is not able to invent anything that tends to laughter, more than I invent or is invented...in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men." For the heroic measure of that boast, as well as for the degree of its poetic achievement, we must...
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The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth, Volume 28, Issue 2

William Shakespeare - 1923 - 225 pages
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Occasions: A Volume of Essays on Such Divers Themes as Laughter and ...

Holbrook Jackson - Books and reading - 1923 - 196 pages
...makes Falstaff 8ay : " The brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent anything that tends to laughter more than I invent or is invented...in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men." — 2 Henry IV, Act I, Sc. 2. 93 found of living humourists. What are Kipps and Mr. Polly, and even...
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The Man Shakespeare and His Tragic Life-story

Frank Harris - Dramatists, English - 1909 - 422 pages
...pride to gird at me ; the brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not" able to invent anything that tends to laughter, more than I invent or is invented...in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men " Just as in the first act Shakespeare introducing Falstaff makes him talk poetically, so here there...
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