William Shakespeare Quotes
''The tyrant custom, most grave senators,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 1, sc. 3, l. 229-31. As a soldier, he is used to living rough.
Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war
My thrice-driven bed of down.''
''There's rosemary and rue. These keepWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Perdita, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 74-6. Rosemary was an emblem of remembrance, and rue, or "herb grace," of repentance; she gives them to Polixenes and Camillo.
Seeming and savor all the winter long.
Grace and remembrance be to you.''
''Come away!William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2, l. 310-1. Sending Bassanio off with money to pay his friend Antonio's debts.
For you shall hence upon your wedding day.''
''Mislike me not for my complexion,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince of Morocco, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 1, l. 1-3. Asking Portia to be color-blind as he is black.
The shadowed livery of the burnished sun,
To whom I am a neighbor and near bred.''
''Tear-falling pity dwells not in this eye.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 4, sc. 2, l. 65.
''Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 1, l. 99-101 (1623).
''The task he undertakesWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Henry Green, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 2, l. 145-6. Seeing it is impossible for the old Duke of York to hold back the rebels led by Henry Bolingbroke.
Is numbering sands and drinking oceans dry.''
''An honest fellow enough, and one that loves quails, but he has not so much brain as ear-wax.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Thersites, in Troilus and Cressida, act 5, sc. 1, l. 51-3. His description of Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks.
''Rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir, in a poor house, asWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Touchstone, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 4, l. 59-61. Speaking of the sluttish Audrey.
your pearl in your foul oyster.''
''When my love swears that she is made of truth,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. When my love swears that she is made of truth (l. 1-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutor'd youth,
Unlearned in the world's false subtleties.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although she knows my days are past the best,
Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue:
On both sides thus is simple truth suppress'd.
But wherefore says she not she is unjust?
And wherefore say not I that I am old?
O, love's best habit is in seeming trust,
And age in love loves not to have years told:
Therefore I lie with her and she with me,
And in our faults by lies we flatter'd be.''
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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 ...
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