Careful Words

profit (n.)

profit (v.)

profit (adj.)

Give me, kind Heaven, a private station,

A mind serene for contemplation:

Title and profit I resign;

The post of honour shall be mine.

John Gay (1688-1732): Fables. Part ii. The Vulture, the Sparrow, and other Birds.

  The best plan is, as the common proverb has it, to profit by the folly of others.

Pliny The Elder (23-79 a d): Natural History. Book xviii. Sect. 31.

  I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavour themselves by way of amends to be a help and ornament thereunto.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Maxims of the Law. Preface.

No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en;

In brief, sir, study what you most affect.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Taming of the Shrew. Act i. Sc. 1.

Small have continual plodders ever won

Save base authority from others' books.

These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights

That give a name to every fixed star

Have no more profit of their shining nights

Than those that walk and wot not what they are.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Love's Labour's Lost. Act i. Sc. 1.