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Prompt Tables

Sorted by author, and the mystery magic tables at the end. Enjoy!

John Milton

Paradise Lost Book I Table
quotes taken from translation by John T. Shawcross
note that the "/" denotes a line break in the verse translation

01. "O how fall‘n! how chang‘d!" 02. "do I repent or change." 03. "And study of revenge, immortal hate, / And courage never to submit or yield." 04. "and thou profoundest Hell / Receive thy new Possessor: One who brings / A mind not to be chang‘d by Place or Time / The mind is its own place, and in it self / Can make a Heav‘n of Hell, a Hell of Heav‘n. / What matter where, if I be still the same, / And what I should be" 05. "And now his heart / Distends with pride, and hardening in his strength."
06. "danger shun‘d / By mee, have lost our hopes." 07. "To work in close design, by fraud or guile." 08. "And in thir own dimensions like themselves" 09. "Though of this Names in heav‘nly Records now / Be no memorial blotted our and raz‘d / By thir Rebellion, from the Books of Life. / Now had they yet among the Sons of Eve / Got them new Names" 10. "That with reiterated crimes he might / Heap on himself damnation while he sought / Evil to others, and enrag‘d might see / How all his malice ser‘d but to bring forth / Infinite goodness, face and mercy shewn / on Man by him sduc‘t, but on himself / Treble confusion, wrath and vengeance pour‘d."






Virgil
quotes taken from translation by Allen Mandelbaum
note that the "/" denotes a line break in the verse translation

01. "An ever / uncertain and inconstant thing is woman." 02. "...for you / my honor is gone and that good name that once / was mine, my only claim to reach the stars." 03. "He breaks with every sacred trust;" 04. "... or as / the blazing Dog Star, bringer of diseases / and drought to tired mortals, when it rises / with light and menace, saddening the skies." 05. "... after this, my boy, enough of war."
06. 07. 08. 09. 10.






William Shakespeare
note that the "/" denotes a line break in the verse
note also that in 06 you can choose to include "your noble son is mad" if you want, or ignore it if you don't.


01. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings." 02. "Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind." 03. "So wise so young, they say do never live long." 04. "Cowards die many times before their deaths, / The valiant never taste of death but once." 05. "Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this son of York; / And all the clouds that low'r'd upon our house / In the deep bosom of the ocean buried."
06. "What day is day, night night, and time is time, / Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time; / Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, / And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, / I will be brief. [Your noble son is mad...]" 07. "I must be cruel only to be kind." 08. "Come sir, are you ready for death?" / "Over-roasted rather: ready long ago." 09. ""He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, / a boy's love, or a whore's oath." 10. "This above all: to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man."






Homer
note that the "/" denotes a line break in the verse translations


01. "Among all creatures that breathe on earth and crawl on it there is not anywhere a thing more dismal than man is." 02. "Victory passes back and forth between men." 03. "Like the generations of leaves, the lives of mortal men. Now the wind scatters the old leaves across the earth, now the living timber bursts with the new buds and spring comes round again. And so with men: as one generation comes to life, another dies away." 04. "[T]he very gates of death, who says one thing but hides another in his heart." 05. "There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep."
06. Author's Choice 07. Author's Choice 08. Author's Choice 09. Author's Choice 10. Author's Choice





Edgar Allen Poe
note that the "/" denotes a line break in the verse

01. "The happiest day--the happiest hour / My seared and blighted heart hath known, / The highest hope of pride and power, / I feel hath flown." 02. "[A]mid earnest struggles to regather some token of the state of seeming nothingness into which my soul had lapsed, there have been moments when I have dreamed of success;" 03. "Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December, / And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor." 04. "[W]ith an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium." 05. "Hear the tolling of the bells"
06. "Thrilling to think, poor child of sin! / It was the dead who groaned within." 07. "Then I grew angry and cursed, with the curse of silence, the river, and the lilies, and the wind, and the forest, and the heaven, and the thunder, and the sighs of the water-lilies. And they became accursed, and _were still._" 08. "Be of heart, and fear nothing." 09. "The will may assent — the soul — the intellect, never." 10. "Ah, let us mourn!--for never morrow / Shall dawn upon him desolate!"





Dante Alighieri
note that the "/" denotes line break in the verse translation


01. "Why doth our guilt so ruin us and undo?" 02. "Behold a god more powerful than I who comes to rule over me." 03. "The Emperor of the kingdom of despair..." 04. "He goes seeking liberty, which is so dear, as he knows who for it renounces life." 05. "Love kindled by virtue always kindles another, provided that its flame appear outwardly."
06. Author's Choice 07. Author's Choice 08. Author's Choice 09. Author's Choice 10. Author's Choice





Beowulf Poet
quotes taken from translation by Seamus Heaney
note that the "/" denotes a line break in the verse translation by Heaney

01. "Cain's clan, whom the Creator had outlawed / and condemned as outcasts." 02. "Then a powerful demon, a prowler through the dark, / nursed a hard grievance." 03. "Malignant by nature, he never showed remorse." 04. "Oh cursed is he / who in time of trouble has to thrust his soul in / the fire's embrace, forfeiting help; / he has no where to turn." 05. "... unless I am mistaken / he is truly noble. This is no mere hanger-on in a hero's armor."
06. "Anyone with gumption / and a sharp mind will take the measure / of two things: what's said and what's done." 07. "Whichever one death fells / must deem it as a just judgment by God." 08. "The body gaped / at the stroke dealt to it after death." 09. "His mind was in turmoil / unaccustomed anxiety and gloom / confused his brain;" 10. "You are the last of us / the only one left"






Mod's Choice A[she]
complete the following mix-bag table, with quotes from various of the classics

01. "I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw." 02. "From me, [my son], learn valor and true labor / from others learn of fortune." 03. "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven." 04. "Heaven would indeed be heaven if lovers were there permitted as much enjoyment as they had experienced on earth" 05. "For, as I suppose, no man in this world hath lived better than I have done, to achieve that I have done."
06. "To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair." 07. "The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for." 08. "Oh cursed is he / who in time of trouble has to thrust his soul in / the fire's embrace, forfeiting help; / he has no where to turn." 09. "It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing." 10. "Frailty, thy name is woman!"


01 - Shakespeare
02 - Virgil
03 - Milton
04 - Boccaccio
05 - Mallory
06 - Poe
07 - Homeric poet
08 - Beowulf poet
09 - Shakespeare
10 - Shakespeare



Mod's Choice B[urnelli]



Mix-and-Match
choose any 10 quotes from the other tables in this community


01. Author's Choice 02. Author's Choice 03. Author's Choice 04. Author's Choice 05. Author's Choice
06. Author's Choice 07. Author's Choice 08. Author's Choice 09. Author's Choice 10. Author's Choice




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