Careful Words

cast (n.)

cast (v.)

cast (adj.)

Feare may force a man to cast beyond the moone.

John Heywood (Circa 1565): Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iv.

  I cast before the Moone.

John Lyly (Circa 1553-1601): Euphues, 1579 (Arber's reprint), page 78.

  Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.

Old Testament: Ecclesiastes xi. 1.

To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether 't is nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep:

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heartache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to,—'t is a consummation

Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub:

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause: there's the respect

That makes calamity of so long life;

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,

The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,

The insolence of office and the spurns

That patient merit of the unworthy takes,

When he himself might his quietus make

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,

But that the dread of something after death,

The undiscover'd country from whose bourn

No traveller returns, puzzles the will

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

Than fly to others that we know not of?

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,

And enterprises of great pith and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.

He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack,

For he knew when he pleas'd he could whistle them back.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774): Retaliation. Line 107.

I have set my life upon a cast,

And I will stand the hazard of the die:

I think there be six Richmonds in the field.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Richard III. Act v. Sc. 4.

  The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence as for his repose.

Sir Edward Coke (1549-1634): Semayne's Case, 5 Rep. 91.

  Neither cast ye your pearls before swine.

New Testament: Matthew vii. 6.