Famous Quotations from 1 Henry VI

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Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night! (1.1.1)

Expect Saint Martin’s summer, halcyon days. (1.2.132)

Unbidden guests
Are often welcomest when they are gone. (2.2.56)

But in these nice sharp quillets of the law,
Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw. (2.4.17)

Between two hawks, which flies the higher pitch;
Between two dogs, which hath the deeper mouth;
Between two blades, which bears the better temper;
Between two horses, which doth bear him best;
Between two girls, which hath the merriest eye,—
I have perhaps some shallow spirit of judgment;
But in these nice sharp quillets of the law,
Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw. (2.4.12)

Let him that is a true-born gentleman,
And stands upon the honour of his birth,
If he suppose that I have pleaded truth,
From off this brier pluck a white rose with me.
somerset Let him that is no coward nor no flatterer,
But dare maintain the party of the truth,
Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me. (2.4.27)

Delays have dangerous ends. (3.2.34)

I owe him little duty and less love. (5.3.35)

So doth the swan her downy cygnets save,
Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings. (5.3.57)

She’s beautiful and therefore to be wooed;
She is a woman, therefore to be won. (5.3.79)