William Shakespeare Quotes
''Never so much as in a thought unbornWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 3, l. 51-2. Accused of treason by her uncle, Rosalind protests her innocence.
Did I offend your Highness.''
''I am a fellow o'the strangest mind i'the world; I delight in masques and revels sometimes altogether.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Andrew Aguecheek, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 3, l. 112-4. He has just changed his mind about staying in Illyria.
''Thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Thersites, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 1, l. 43-4. Insulting the slow-witted Ajax.
''I'll rhyme you so eight years together, dinners and suppersWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Touchstone, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 96-7. Mocking Orlando's style of writing love poetry.
and sleeping-hours excepted.''
''When in the chronicle of wasted timeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. When in the chronicle of wasted time (l. 1-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
I see descriptions of the fairest wights,
And beauty making beautiful old rhyme
In praise of ladies dead and lovely knights,
Then, in the blazon of sweet beauty's best,
Of hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow,
I see their antique pen would have express'd
Even such a beauty as you master now.
So all their praises are but prophecies
Of this our time, all you prefiguring;
And, for they look'd but with divining eyes,
They had not skill enough your worth to sing;
For we, which now behold these present days,
Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.''
''My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirred,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Achilles, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 3, l. 308-9.
And I myself see not the bottom of it.''
''They'll take suggestion as a cat laps milk;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Tempest, act 2, sc. 1, l. 288-90. Referring to all the courtiers except Gonzalo.
They'll tell the clock to any business that
We say befits the hour.''
''I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ariel, in The Tempest, act 4, sc. 1. Reporting to Prospero of the drunken state in which he left Trinculo, Stefano and Caliban.
So full of valour that they smote the air,
For breathing in their faces, beat the ground
For kissing of their feet.''
''A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 3, l. 238-40. Justifying his sudden love for Beatrice.
''You yourselfWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 9-12. Accusing Cassius.
Are much condemned to have an itching palm,
To sell and mart your offices for gold
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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 ...
Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;