But where the greater malady is fix'd The lesser is scarce felt.
An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.
I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.
If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.
I was as virtuously given as a gentleman need to be; virtuous enough; swore little; diced not above seven times a week; went to a bawdy-house once in a quarter—of an hour; paid money that I borrowed, three of four times; lived well and in good compass: and now I live out of all order, out of all compass.
Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better.