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Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head. Options
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Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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Yeah. Does every toad in swamp have jewel in its head? One piece per head? Sweet.
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Context from:As You Like It

Act II. Scene I.

The Forest of Arden.


Enter DUKE Senior, AMIENS, and other Lords, like Foresters.

Duke S.
Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile,
Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods 5
More free from peril than the envious court?
Here feel we but the penalty of Adam,
The seasons’ difference; as, the icy fang
And churlish chiding of the winter’s wind,
Which, when it bites and blows upon my body,
Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say
‘This is no flattery: these are counsellors
That feelingly persuade me what I am.’
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;

And this our life exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.
I would not change it.

Ami.
Happy is your Grace,
That can translate the stubbornness of fortune
Into so quiet and so sweet a style.

Duke S.
Come, shall we go and kill us venison?
And yet it irks me, the poor dappled fools,
Being native burghers of this desert city,
Should in their own confines with forked heads
Have their round haunches gor’d.

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Comment:

The duke is describing the world view he's been forced to adopt now that he's been deposed and exiled by his villainous brother—this is the "adversity" for which he has found "sweet uses." By "uses," the duke means "profits." He compares his seeming suffering—for example, exposure to the elements—to an ugly toad, which legendarily had a "precious jewel" with healing qualities embedded in its temple. The jewel he discovers in his condition—its profit—is freedom from "public haunt," or society. The duke concludes that nature "speaks" more eloquently and truly than tongues, books, and sermons; stones turn out to be better company than courtiers.

The duke's metaphor now seems far-fetched, as it may also have seemed to Shakespeare's audience. Nevertheless, "sweet are the uses of adversity" survives as somewhat preciously sincere words of comfort, when not uttered sarcastically.

https://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/sweet-uses-adversity
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Daemon wrote:
Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


Sweet are the uses of adversity
For those ill-used by good luck:
Gone is the bitter use of felicity,
Once its useless artifice is shuck.
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