Quotations From WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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  • Love is merely a madness.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 400.

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  • She's gone for ever.
    I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
    She's dead as earth.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 3, l. 260-2. Looking at his dead or dying daughter Cordelia.

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  • Ever till now,
    When men were fond, I smiled and wondered how.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Angelo, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2, l. 185-6. Admitting he is sexually attracted to Isabella; "fond" means infatuated and foolish.
  • Feed him with apricots and dewberries,
    With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titania, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 1, l. 166-7. Infatuated with Bottom, she tells her fairies to indulge him.

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  • I would 'twere bed-time, Hal, and all well.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 1, l. 125. Showing his fear of dying in battle.

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  • The worst is not
    So long as we can say, "This is the worst."
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edgar, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 1, l. 27-8.
  • A mote it is to trouble the mind's eye.
    In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
    A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
    The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead
    Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets;
    As stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
    Disasters in the sun; and the moist star
    Upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands
    Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse.
    And even the like precurse of feared events,
    As harbingers preceding still the fates
    And prologue to the omen coming on,
    Have heaven and earth together demonstrated
    Unto our climatures and countrymen.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Hamlet (I, i). on the disturbing appearance of the ghost of Hamlet's father. NAWM-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.

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  • Now thou and I are new in amity.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Reconciled to his queen, Titania. Oberon, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 87.
  • I am a man whom Fortune hath cruelly scratched.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Parolles, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 5, sc. 2, l. 26-7. Appealing for pity after being exposed as a liar and braggart.
  • I do believe thee;
    I saw his heart in's face.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polixenes, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 2, l. 446-7. Leontes has shown in his expression his hatred of Polixenes.

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