Quotations From WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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  • Let's lack no discipline, make no delay:
    For, lords, tomorrow is a busy day.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 5, sc. 3, l. 17-8. Preparing to fight the forces of Richmond.

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  • Love no man in good earnest, nor no further in sport
    neither, than with safety of a pure blush thou mayst in
    honor come off again.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Celia, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 2, l. 27-9. Advice to Rosalind on avoiding commitment in love.

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  • O God, that one might read the book of fate,
    And see the revolution of the times
    Make mountains level, and the continent,
    Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
    Into the sea.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 3, sc. 1, l. 45-9. Gloomily expecting one calamity after another.

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  • For my part, if a lie may do thee grace,
    I'll gild it with the happiest terms I have.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 4, l. 157-8. Falstaff claims to have killed Hotspur, and Hal does not expose the lie; "do thee grace" means bring you credit.
  • Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 262-4. On being cashiered for drinking and quarrelling.

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  • But, alas, to make me
    A fixèd figure for the time of scorn
    To point his slow unmoving finger at!
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 4, sc. 2, l. 54-6. Imagining everyone will always point him out as a cuckold.

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  • O sir, to wilful men
    The injuries that they themselves procure
    Must be their schoolmasters.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Regan, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 302-4.
  • For ever and for ever farewell, Cassius!
    If we do meet again, why, we shall smile.
    If not, why then this parting was well made.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 1, l. 116-8.

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  • I drink the air before me, and return
    Or ere your pulse twice beat.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ariel, in The Tempest, act 5, sc. 1, l. 102-3. To Prospero, as he is sent off to fetch the captain and boatswain of Alonso's ship.
  • The gentleness of all the gods go with thee!
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 1, l. 44. Bidding farewell to his friend Sebastian.
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