Careful Words

essence (n.)

essence (adv.)

essence (adj.)

But man, proud man,

Drest in a little brief authority,

Most ignorant of what he's most assured,

His glassy essence, like an angry ape,

Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven

As make the angels weep.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Measure for Measure. Act ii. Sc. 2.

  Look to the essence of a thing, whether it be a point of doctrine, of practice, or of interpretation.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 a d): Meditations. viii. 22.

  The essence of good and evil is a certain disposition of the will.

Epictetus (Circa 60 a d): Of Courage. Chap. xxix.