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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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?