Quotations From WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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  • By heaven, he echoes me,
    As if there were some monster in his thought
    Too hideous to be shown.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 106-8. Iago echoes the suspicion already forming in Othello's thought.

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  • Let your fair eyes and gentle wishes go with me to my
    trial.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 2, l. 185-7. Addressing Rosalind and Celia, before he wrestles with Charles.
  • Men judge by the complexion of the sky
    The state and inclination of the day.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Stephen Scroop, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 194-5. His gloomy looks match the bad news he brings.

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  • I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women (as I
    perceive by your simpering, none of you hates them), that
    between you and the women the play may please.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, epilogue, l. 14-7.

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  • Plead what I will be, not what I have been;
    Not my deserts, but what I will deserve.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 4, sc. 4, l. 414-5. Begging Queen Elizabeth to plead on his behalf with her daughter for her hand in marriage.
  • Now I stand as one upon a rock,
    Environed with a wilderness of sea,
    Who marks the waxing tide grow wave by wave,
    Expecting ever when some envious surge
    Will in his brinish bowels swallow him.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 3, sc. 1, l. 93-7. "His" = its.

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  • Douglas. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet.
    Worcester. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Douglas and Worcester, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 127-8. News that Glendower, one of the leading rebels, cannot muster his army for fourteen days.

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  • So may I, blind fortune leading me,
    Miss that which one unworthier may attain,
    And die with grieving.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince of Morocco, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 1, l. 36-8. Determined to take his chance in choosing among the caskets that will show whether he is to be Portia's husband; Fortune is proverbially blind.

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  • She is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition, she holds it a vice in her goodness not to do more than she is requested.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 319-22. Praising Desdemona.
  • Well, honor is the subject of my story.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 92. For Brutus honor concerns the general good, but for Cassius it concerns his personal. Status.
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