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" tis a common proof, That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto the climber-upward turns his face; But when he once attains the upmost round, He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees By which he did... "
The plays of William Shakspeare, pr. from the text of the corrected copy ... - Page 22
by William Shakespeare - 1811
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Shakespeare's Soliloquies

Wolfgang Clemen - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 211 pages
...Caesar, I have not known when his affections sway'd 20 More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof, That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto...upmost round, He then unto the ladder turns his back, 25 Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. So Caesar may; Then lest...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 1132 pages
...Brutus, is not in our stars. But in ourselves, that we are underlings. (I, ii) 44 But 'tis a common proof ood fountain, a good well-head, Would blur no whisper,...(1. 11-13) 49 It is somebody wants to do us harm. (II, i) 45 When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death...
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Tobias Smollett: The Critical Heritage

Lionel Kelly - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 380 pages
...remember, his own career; for oo Lowliness is voung ambition's ladder, JO Whereto the climber — upward turns his face : But, when he once attains the upmost...scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. But the readiness with which literary men have ever been willing to persecute their less successful...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 1263 pages
...Caesar, I have not known when his affections sway'd More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof, 3 3 3 Caesar may; Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel Will bear no colour for the thing he...
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Dictionary of Images and Symbols in Counselling

William Stewart - Psychology - 1998 - 430 pages
...descending on it' (Genesis 28:12). Shakespeare speaks of the ladder of ambition: Tis a common proof, That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto...clouds, scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend (Julius Caesar, act 2, scene. 1, 1. 21.) The Egyptians often buried their dead with amulets of ladders,...
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The Later Tudors: England, 1547-1603

Penry Williams - History - 1998 - 606 pages
...might change his nature, there's the question. It is the bright day that brings forth the adder, . . . But when he once attains the upmost round, He then...scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. So Caesar may; Then lest he may, prevent. And since the quarrel Will bear no colour for the thing he is....
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Shakespeare Performed: Essays in Honor of R.A. Foakes

R. A. Foakes - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 315 pages
...Caesar, I have not known when his affections sway'd More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof, That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto...scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. So Caesar may; Then lest he may, prevent. And since the quarrel Will bear no colour for the thing he is,...
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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2000 - 114 pages
...of Caesar, I have not known when his affections swayed More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto...scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. (II. 1.1 9-27) The most important decision of Brutus's life is shaped by a conditional. Attention to...
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Giulio Cesare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2000 - 244 pages
...ambizione, alla quale chi sale Dirige il viso. Ma quando raggiunge But when he once attains the upmosi round, He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks...scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend: so Caesar may; Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel Will bear no colour for the thing he...
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Delivering the Framework for Teaching English

Michael Ross, Keith West - English language - 2001 - 128 pages
...of Caesar, I have not known when his affections sway'd More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto...scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. So Caesar may. Then, lest he may, prevent. And since the quarrel Will bear no colour for the thing he...
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