Careful Words

judgment (n.)

judgment (v.)

A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Merchant of Venice. Act iv. Sc. 1.

Till the sun grows cold,

And the stars are old,

And the leaves of the Judgment Book unfold.

Bayard Taylor (1825-1878): Bedouin Song.

Under the sod and the dew,

Waiting the judgment day;

Love and tears for the Blue,

Tears and love for the Gray.

Bishop Henry C Potter (1835-1908): The Blue and the Gray.

Be kind to my remains; and oh defend,

Against your judgment, your departed friend!

John Dryden (1631-1701): Epistle to Congreve. Line 72.

  Respect the faculty that forms thy judgments.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 a d): Meditations. iii. 9.

  Commonly we say a judgment falls upon a man for something in him we cannot abide.

John Selden (1584-1654): Table Talk. Judgments.

O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And men have lost their reason.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Julius Caesar. Act iii. Sc. 2.

My salad days,

When I was green in judgment.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Antony and Cleopatra. Act i. Sc. 5.

His heart and hand both open and both free;

For what he has he gives, what thinks he shows;

Yet gives he not till judgment guide his bounty.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Troilus and Cressida. Act iv. Sc. 5.

Why, all the souls that were, were forfeit once;

And He that might the vantage best have took

Found out the remedy. How would you be,

If He, which is the top of judgment, should

But judge you as you are?

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

Some to the fascination of a name

Surrender judgment hoodwink'd.

William Cowper (1731-1800): The Task. Book vi. Winter Walk at Noon. Line 101.

  I know, indeed, the evil of that I purpose; but my inclination gets the better of my judgment.

Euripides (484-406 b c): Medea. 1078.

Of all the causes which conspire to blind

Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind;

What the weak head with strongest bias rules,—

Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 1.

  We are firm believers in the maxim that for all right judgment of any man or thing it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881): Goethe. Edinburgh Review, 1828.


Of entrance to a quarrel; but being in,

Bear 't that the opposed may beware of thee.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;

Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,

But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;

For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 3.

Between two hawks, which flies the higher pitch;

Between two dogs, which hath the deeper mouth;

Between two blades, which bears the better temper;

Between two horses, which doth bear him best;

Between two girls, which hath the merriest eye,—

I have perhaps some shallow spirit of judgment;

But in these nice sharp quillets of the law,

Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry VI. Part I. Act ii. Sc. 4.

  The chief good is the suspension of the judgment, which tranquillity of mind follows like its shadow.

Diogenes Laertius (Circa 200 a d): Pyrrho. xi.

  That fellow would vulgarize the day of judgment.

Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857): A Comic Author.

Besides, this Duncan

Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been

So clear in his great office, that his virtues

Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against

The deep damnation of his taking-off;

And pity, like a naked new-born babe,

Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubim, horsed

Upon the sightless couriers of the air,

Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,

That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur

To prick the sides of my intent, but only

Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,

And falls on the other.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Macbeth. Act i. Sc. 7.

Pray, Goody, please to moderate the rancour of your tongue!

Why flash those sparks of fury from your eyes?

Remember, when the judgment's weak the prejudice is strong.

Kane O'Hara (—— -1782): Midas. Act i. Sc. 4.

Young in limbs, in judgment old.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Merchant of Venice. Act ii. Sc. 7.