William Shakespeare Quotes
''Thy spirit within thee hath been so at war,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Percy, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 3, l. 56-9. Describing Hotspur's troubled state of mind as he plots a rebellion against the king.
And thus hath so bestirred thee in thy sleep,
That beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow,
Like bubbles in a late-disturbed stream.''
''A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 8-9. On a battle won with almost no loss of life.
''I go, and it is done; the bell invites me.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 1, l. 62-4. On his way to murder Duncan.
Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven, or to hell.''
''The skies look grimlyWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mariner, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 3, l. 3-4.
And threaten present blusters.''
''But we are spirits of another sort.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Oberon, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 389-93. The fairies, being benign spirits, do not have to disappear with the dawn, but can greet the rising sun that changes the color of the sea (Neptune).
I with the morning's love have oft made sport,
And like a forester the groves may tread
Even till the eastern gate, all fiery-red,
Opening on Neptune with fair blessèd beams,
Turns unto yellow gold his salt green streams.''
''O curse of marriage,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3.
That we can call these delicate creatures ours
And not their appetites!''
''Time's the king of men;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Pericles (II, iii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
He's both their parent and he is their grave,
And gives them what he will, not what they crave.''
''O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2, l. 111-4. Overjoyed on seeing Bassanio choose the right casket to win her; "scant" means moderate.
In measure rain thy joy, scant this excess!
I feel too much thy blessing; make it less,
For fear I surfeit.''
''So may I, blind fortune leading me,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince of Morocco, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 1, l. 36-8. Determined to take his chance in choosing among the caskets that will show whether he is to be Portia's husband; Fortune is proverbially blind.
Miss that which one unworthier may attain,
And die with grieving.''
''O, 'tis a parlous boy,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 3, sc. 1, l. 154-6. Describing Prince Edward; "parlous" = dangerously clever.
Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable.
He is all the mother's, from the top to toe.''
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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?