Careful Words

pass (n.)

pass (v.)

pass (adj.)

There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats,

For I am arm'd so strong in honesty

That they pass by me as the idle wind,

Which I respect not.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Julius Caesar. Act iv. Sc. 3.

God, made him, and therefore let him pass for a man.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Merchant of Venice. Act i. Sc. 2.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever;

Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness.

John Keats (1795-1821): Endymion. Book i.

Vex not his ghost: O, let him pass! he hates him much

That would upon the rack of this tough world

Stretch him out longer.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Lear. Act v. Sc. 3.

  Let it be. Let it pass.

You 'd scarce expect one of my age

To speak in public on the stage;

And if I chance to fall below

Demosthenes or Cicero,

Don't view me with a critic's eye,

But pass my imperfections by.

Large streams from little fountains flow,

Tall oaks from little acorns grow.

David Everett (1769-1813): Lines written for a School Declamation.

And what's impossible can't be,

And never, never comes to pass.

George Colman, The Younger (1762-1836): The Maid of the Moor.

Have you not heard these many years ago

Jeptha was judge of Israel?

He had one only daughter and no mo,

The which he loved passing well;

And as by lott,

God wot,

It so came to pass,

As God's will was.

Thomas Percy (1728-1811): Jepthah, Judge of Israel.