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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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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1992 - 138 pages
...Assume a virtue if you have it not. That monster custom, who all sense doth eat 160 Of habits evil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair...almost can change the stamp of nature, And either [house] I0 the devil, or throw him out, With wondrous potency. Once more, good night, And when you...
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The Absent Shakespeare

Mark Jay Mirsky - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 174 pages
...boldface). 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...likewise gives a frock or Livery That aptly is put on to refrain night, [to night in FF. ] And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence,...
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Everybody's Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies

Maynard Mack - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 279 pages
...Yet these habits become ourselves in time: "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" (3.4.162). Two other terms I wish to instance are "put on" and "shape." The shape of something is the...
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Selected Poems

William Shakespeare - Poetry - 1995 - 128 pages
...uncle's 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 of actions...almost can change the stamp of nature, And either . . . the devil, or throw him out With wondrous potency. Once more, good night, And when you are desirous...
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Shakespeare at Work

John Jones - Drama - 1999 - 292 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...almost can change the stamp of nature — And either in the devil, or throw him out With wondrous potency. Once more, good night; And when you are desirous...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 101 pages
...168, which custom in its angelic 165. who all sense doth eat who consumes all hu- aspect provides). That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise...Refrain to-night, And that shall lend a kind of easiness I70 To the next abstinence; the next more easy; For use almost can change the stamp of nature, And...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare, Russell Jackson - Performing Arts - 1996 - 208 pages
...is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock or livery And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next...almost can change the stamp of nature, And either shame the devil, or throw him out With wondrous potency. Once more, good night; At last he concedes...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1999 - 296 pages
...angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock or livery 165 That aptly is put on.] Refrain tonight, And that shall...almost can change the stamp of nature, And either. . .the devil, or throw him out, 170 With wondrous potency.] Once more good night. And when you are...
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Shakespeare's Twenty-First Century Economics: The Morality of Love and Money

Frederick Turner - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 232 pages
...to sex with her dead husband's evil brother: 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. ... For use almost can change the stamp of nature . . . (Hamlet, III.iv.162) Anyone who has trained...
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Shakespeare's Brain: Reading with Cognitive Theory

Mary Thomas Crane - Literary Criticism - 2010 - 288 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 of actions...easy; For use almost can change the stamp of nature, (3.4.159-68) Having spent most of the scene in a desperate but futile attempt either to get Gertrude...
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