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All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well

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All's Well That Ends Well Old Age and Youth Quotes

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Quote #1

I would I had that corporal soundness now,As when thy father and myself in friendshipFirst tried our soldiership! He did look farInto the service of the time and wasDiscipled of the bravest: he lasted long;But on us both did haggish age steal onAnd wore us out of act. It much repairs meTo talk of your good father. (1.2.5)


This is a bittersweet passage, wouldn't you say? Here, the king of France knows that he's sick and dying, but apparently, thinking about a friend from his youth makes him feel a whole lot better.

Quote #2

"Let me not live," quoth he,"After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuffOf younger spirits, whose apprehensive sensesAll but new things disdain; whose judgments areMere fathers of their garments; whose constanciesExpire before their fashions." (1.2.7)


Here, the king criticizes the younger generation of men for being shallow and interested only in material things. In fact, the king (along with his friend Lafeu) spends quite a bit of time worrying about what's going to happen when Bertram's generation takes over.

Quote #3

PAROLES I would have said it; you say well. Here comes the king.LAFEU Lustig, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a maid thebetter, whilst I have a tooth in my head: [The KING and HELEN Dance]Why, he's able to lead her a coronato. (2.3.12)


The king of France's sudden recovery is pretty astonishing. When Helen treats his disease, it's not long before he's dancing around the palace with Helen in his arms, as if he were a man twenty years younger.

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