Careful Words

serve (n.)

serve (v.)

serve (adj.)

Let it serve for table-talk.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Merchant of Venice. Act iii. Sc. 5.

  Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.

New Testament: Matthew vi. 24.

Here we may reign secure; and in my choice

To reign is worth ambition, though in hell:

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 261.

  You are one of those that will not serve God, if the devil bid you.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Othello. Act i. Sc. 1.

Thousands at his bidding speed,

And post o'er land and ocean without rest;

They also serve who only stand and wait.

John Milton (1608-1674): On his Blindness.

  Rom.  Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much.

  Mer.  No, 't is not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but 't is enough, 't will serve.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 1.