William Shakespeare Quotes
''Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Horatio, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 359-60. On Hamlet's death; "flights of angels sing" means may flights of angels sing.
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!''
''Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 379.
''Although I joy in thee,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 116-20. To Romeo; she already has a premonition that their love may not last.
I have no joy of this contract tonight.
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,
Too like the lightning which doth cease to be
Ere one can say it lightens.''
''Peace to this meeting, wherefore we are met.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 1. The meeting is to settle peace between England and France.
''O, reason not the need! Our basest beggarsWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Lear (II, iv). OHFP. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Are in the poorest thing superfluous.
Allow not nature more than nature needs,
Man's life is cheap as beast's. Thou art a lady;
If only to go warm were gorgeous,
Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous wear'st,
Which scarcely keeps thee warm. But, for true need
You heavens, give me that patience, patience I need!''
''The hideous god of war.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Percy, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 3, l. 35. Mars seems hideous now that Lady Percy's husband has been killed in battle.
''MenWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 20-3. It is easy to advise others who are suffering, but hard for those in pain to accept counsel.
Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief
Which they themselves not feel; but, tasting it,
Their counsel turns to passion.''
''This DuncanWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7, l. 16-20. Duncan has wielded power so mildly ("meek"), and been blameless ("clear") as king, hence the "deep damnation" of killing him.
Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
The deep damnation of his taking-off.''
''I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mark Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2. From Mark Antony's funeral oration for Julius Caesar.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interrèd with their bones.''
''Now thou and I are new in amity.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Reconciled to his queen, Titania. Oberon, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 87.
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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?