William Shakespeare Quotes
''The younger rises when the old doth fall.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edmund, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 3, l. 25. Varying the proverb, "the rising of one man is the falling of another."
''A pox of this gout! or a gout of this pox! for the one or theWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 243-5. Diseases brought on by lechery ("pox" means syphilis) and drinking.
other plays the rogue with my great toe.''
''The earth, that's nature's mother, is her tomb.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Friar Lawrence, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 3, l. 9-10. "Earth is the mother of us all" was proverbial, but the Friar develops the paradox that everything nature brings to birth also dies.
What is her burying grave, that is her womb.''
''He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Griffith, in Henry VIII, act 4, sc. 2, l. 51-2. Speaking of Wolsey's good qualities.
Exceeding wise, fair-spoken and persuading.''
''This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterileWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 298-9.
''I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hippolyta, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 112-8. Theseus is here associated with classical legends in praise of hunting with a pack of hounds; "bayed" means brought to bay.
When in a wood of Crete they bayed the bear
With hounds of Sparta: never did I hear
Such gallant chiding; for besides the groves,
The skies, the fountains, every region near
Seemed all one mutual cry. I never heard
So musical a discord, such sweet thunder.''
''A fellow almost damned in a fair wife.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 1, sc. 1, l. 22. Describing Cassio.
''This bud of love by summer's ripening breathWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 121-2. Reassuring herself and Romeo that their love may flourish.
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.''
''I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say, "IWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 126-9. "Wear out my suit" means use up all my words of love; Henry presents himself as a plain man to Katherine.
love you"; then if you urge me farther than to say, "Do you
in faith?," I wear out my suit.''
''O tiger's heart wrapped in a woman's hide!William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Henry VI, Pt. III (I, iv). FaPoR. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
How couldst thou drain the lifeblood of the child,
To bid the father wipe his eyes withal,
And yet be seen to bear a woman's face?
Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible;
Thou stern, obdurate, flinty, rough, remorseless.''
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Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...
Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain