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How did you die poem by edmund vance cooke

How Did You Die?
Edmund Vance Cooke

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?
You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what’s that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there — that’s disgrace.
The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce;
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn’t the fact that you’re licked that counts,
It’s how did you fight — and why?
And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he’s slow or spry,
It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,
But only how did you die?

Who is Edmund Vance Cooke

Edmund Vance Cooke on June 5th 1866, in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. His first job after leaving school was in a Sewing Machine Factory. In 1893 he left that job to earn a living as a poet, writer, and public speaker .
He published his first book of poems, A Patch of Pansies in 1894 and went on to publish a further 15 books of poetry and several books for children.
He married Lilith Castleberry in 1898 and they had five children.
He became a broadcaster on station, WWJ in Detroit broadcasting his poems live to thousands of listeners.
Cooke died in Cleveland, Ohio on December 18th 1932.


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101 Romeo and Juliet Quotes




101 Romeo and Juliet Quotes

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. So many famous Romeo and Juliet quotes now exist.  It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.



“Oh, I am fortune’s fool!”

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”


“What light through yonder window breaks?”

“thus with a kiss I die”

When I saw you I fell in love
and you smiled
because you knew.

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“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,

That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”

“O teach me how I should forget to think”

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose.
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

“But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”

“If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.”

“Love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

*Love each other in moderation. That is the key to long-lasting love. Too fast is as bad as too slow.*”

“Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”

“One fire burns out another’s burning, One pain is lessen’d by another’s anguish.
How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath. To say to me that thou art out of breath?
These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume”

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

“Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

“Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night…”

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“See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
O, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!”

“These violent delights have violent ends.”

“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.”

“Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.”

“Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.”

“Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace!
And, lips, oh you the doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain to engrossing death!”

“We burn daylight.”

“He jests at scars that never felt a wound.”

“Out of her favour, where I am in love.”

“Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.”

“I must be gone and live, or stay and die.”

“Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.”

“Educated men are so impressive!”

“The sweetest honey is loathsome in its own deliciousness. And in the taste destroys the appetite. Therefore, love moderately.”

“Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.”

“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

“Alas, that love, so gentle in his view,
Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!”

“Give me my sin again.”

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“He that is strucken blind can not forget the precious treasure of his eyesight lost.”

“Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,
And vice sometime by action dignified.”

“Ay me! sad hours seem long.”

“true apothecary thy drugs art quick”

“And where two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury.”

“Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still,
Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will!
Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here?
Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all.
Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.
Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
O any thing, of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness! Serious vanity!
Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!
Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this.
Dost thou not laugh?”

“A plague on both your houses.”


“O my love, my wife!
Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.”

Romeo and Juliet Quotes

“It were a grief so brief to part with thee.


“Can I go forward when my heart is here?”

“I dreamt my lady came and found me dead
And breathed such life with kisses in my lips
That I revived and was an emperor.”

“I have a soul of lead
So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.”

“Parting is such sweet sorrow”

“I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.”

“Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe.”

“Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet,
And I am proof against their enmity.”

“These times of woe afford no time to woo.”

“It is my soul that calls upon my name;
How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night,
like softest music to attending ears!”

“Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear,
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”

“They are but beggars that can count their worth.”

“Of one that lov’d not wisely but too well.”

“I, measuring his affections by my own,
Which then most sought where most might not be found,
Being one too many by my weary self,
Pursued my humor not pursuing his,
And gladly shunned who gladly fled from me.”

“What must be shall be.”

“He that hath the steerage of my course,
Direct my sail.”

“I defy you, stars.”

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“Did my heart love ’til now?”

“Death lies on her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.”

“True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air,
And more inconstant than the wind, who woos
Even now the frozen bosom of the north,
And, being anger’d, puffs away from thence,
Turning his side to the dew-dropping south.”

“Mercutio: “If love be rough with you, be rough with love;”

Romeo and Juliet Love Quotes

“This day’s black fate on more days doth depend;
This but begins the woe, others must end.”

“True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air
And more inconstant than the wind…”

“What’s in a name?”

“Unless philosophy can make a Juliet,
Displant a town, reverse a prince’s doom,
It helps not, it prevails not.”

“I have more care to stay
than will to go.”

“If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.”

“O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die.”

“Have I thought long to see this morning’s face,
And doth it give me such a sight as this?”

“For you and I are past our dancing days”

“Thou canst not speak of thou dost not feel.”

“For doting, not for loving, pupil mine.”

“Enough no more; Tis not so sweet now as it was before.”

“Amen, amen! but come what sorrow can,
It cannot countervail the exchange of joy
That one short minute gives me in her sight:
Do thou but close our hands with holy words,
Then love-devouring death do what he dare;
It is enough I may but call her mine.”

“She is rich in beauty.”

“Afore me! It is so very late,
That we may call it early by and by.”

“O shut the door! and when thou hast done so,
Come weep with me; past hope, past cure, past help!”

“Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

“she shall scant show well that now shows best.”

“Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days.”

“What early tongue so sweet saluteth me?”

“The world is not thy friend nor the world’s law.”

“Well, we were born to die.”

“Sometimes we punish ourselves the most.”

“I would I were thy bird.”

“My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.”

“What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours?”

“Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes with nimble soles. I have a soul of lead so stakes me to the ground I cannot move.”

“men’s eyes were made to look and let them gaze”

“Patience perforce with willful choler meeting
Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting.
I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall,
Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt’rest gall.”

“It’s easy for someone to joke about scars if they’ve never been cut.”

“turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun.”

“Peace? I hate the word as I hate hell and all Montagues.”

“You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings
and soar with them above a common bound.”

“My only love sprung from my only hate.”

romeo and juliet love quotes

“Under loves heavy burden do I sink.”

“There’s an old saying that applies to me: you can’t lose a game if you don’t play the game.”

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”


Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still,
Should without eyes see pathways to his will

“Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”

“Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is!”

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