William Shakespeare Quotes
''Sharked up a list of lawless resolutes.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Horatio, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 98. Speaking of young Fortinbras of Norway and his way of getting an army together; "sharked up" means collected up indiscriminately.
''O the gods!William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Imogen, in Cymbeline, act 1, sc. 1, l. 123-4. To Posthumus, her husband, as they are about to be parted; "see" means see one another, meet.
When shall we see again?''
''O serpent heart, hid with a flow'ring face!''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 73. On learning that Romeo has killed Tybalt; varying the idea of the proverbial "snake in the grass."
''A good leg will fall, a straight back will stoop, a black beard will turn white, a fair face will wither, a full eye will wax hollow, but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and the moonor rather the sun and not the moon, for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps his course truly.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 162-3. Henry is wooing Princess Katherine of France, who doesn't understand much English.
''The worst is notWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Lear (IV, i). OHFP. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
So long as we can say, "This is the worst."''
''The chariest maid is prodigal enoughWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Laertes, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3, l. 36-7. Warning Ophelia not to listen to Hamlet's protestations of love; "chariest" means most modest.
If she unmask her beauty to the moon.''
''... we may leisurelyWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leontes, in The Winter's Tale, act 5, sc. 3, l. 152-5. Winding up the play; only the audience knows the whole story.
Each one demand and answer to his part
Performed in this wide gap of time since
First we were dissevered.''
''Had I but died an hour before this chance,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 3, l. 91-6. "Chance" means mischance, meaning the killing of Duncan; life ("mortality") from henceforth is trivial ("toys"); the "vault" is the sky covering the earth.
I had lived a blessed time; for from this instant
There's nothing serious in mortality.
All is but toys; renown and grace is dead,
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.''
''The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Menenius, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 4.
''We are at the stakeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Octavius, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 1, l. 48-51. To Antony; the image is from bear-baiting; bears were tied to a stake and mastiffs are set on them.
And bayed about with many enemies;
And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,
Millions of mischiefs.''
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All The World's A Stage
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in ...
O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?