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" Assume a virtue, if you have it not. That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat, Of habits devil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock or livery, That aptly is put on. "
The wisdom and genius of Shakspeare: comprising moral philosophy ... - Page 113
by William Shakespeare - 1838
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Stage Directions in Hamlet: New Essays and New Directions

Hardin L. Aasand - Drama - 2003 - 234 pages
...bed ; Assume a virtue, if you have it not. That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat — Of habits devil, — is angel yet in this, — That to the use...likewise gives a frock, or livery, That, aptly is put on : Kefrain to-night: And that shall lend * kind of eam'ness To the next abstinence : the next more easy...
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Hypocrisy: Ethical Investigations

Béla Szabados, Eldon Soifer - Philosophy - 2004 - 352 pages
...bed. Assume a virtue, if you have it not. That monster custom, who all sense doth eat Of habits evil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair...on. Refrain to-night, And that shall lend a kind of uneasiness To the next abstinence; the next more easy; For use almost can change the stamp of nature,...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...Assume a virtue if you have it not. 160 That monster custom, who all sense doth eat Of habits evil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair...almost can change the stamp of nature, And either . . . the devil, or throw him out, With wondrous potency: once more, good night, 170 And when you are...
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Shakespeare's Poetics in Relation to King Lear

Russell A. Fraser - Literary Criticism - 1962 - 184 pages
...hero need not be trapped by seeming truth : That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat, Of habits devil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions...likewise gives a frock or livery That aptly is put on. (Hamlet, 3.4.161-5) The intellectualist view of evil, the view of Aristotle, Aquinas, and Hooker, the...
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Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy

Bryan van Norden - Philosophy - 2007
...Gertrude: Assume a virtue, if you have it not. That monster custom, who all sense doth eat, Of habits devil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions...For use almost can change the stamp of nature, And entertain the devil or throw him out With wondrous potency.107 102 Nivison, "Paradox of Virtue," p....
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Aristotle, Emotions, and Education

Kristján Kristjánsson - Philosophy - 2007 - 194 pages
...Hamlet): Assume a virtue if you have it not. That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat Of habits evil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair...easiness To the next abstinence; the next more easy. 3.4 The Moral/Political Paradox How can it be simultaneously true that (1) the aim of moral education...
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Language and Clinical Communication: This Bright Babylon

John Skelton - Medical - 2008 - 166 pages
...Assume a virtue if you have it not. That monster custom, who all sense doth eat, Of habits devilish, is angel yet in this: That to the use of actions fair...easy For use almost can change the stamp of nature . . . (IH.iv.151ff, plus Q2 additions) If his mother resists the temptation to continue the sexual...
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Are We Free? Psychology and Free Will

John Baer, James C. Kaufman, Roy F. Baumeister - Psychology - 2008 - 368 pages
...for volitional control of a particular behavior can also vary over time. Hamlet advised his mother, "Refrain to-night, and that shall lend a kind of easiness...easy; for use almost can change the stamp of nature" (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4). The practice of abstinence itself diminishes vulnerability to temptation....
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