William Shakespeare Quotes
''Know, Caesar doth not wrong, nor without causeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 47-8. To Metellus, whose brother has been exiled.
Will he be satisfied.''
''Since the affairs of men rest still incertain,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 1, l. 95-6. Contemplating battle; "reason" means reckon.
Let's reason with the worst that may befall.''
''Diseases desperate grownWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 3, l. 9-11. Proverbial.
By desperate appliance are relieved,
Or not at all.''
''Despising,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 3, sc. 3, l. 133-5. Coriolanus is banished by the people of Rome.
For you, the city, thus I turn my back;
There is a world elsewhere.''
''Don Pedro. To be merry best becomes you; for, out o' question, you were born in a merry hour.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro and Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 331-5. The stars were thought to influence temperament.
Beatrice. No, sure, my lord, my mother cried; but then there was a star danced, and under than was I born.''
''A heavier task could not have been imposedWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Egeon, in The Comedy of Errors, act 1, sc. 1, l. 31-2. Beginning the story of how he was separated from his wife and one of their twin sons.
Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable.''
''The second property of your excellent sherris is the warmingWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 3, l. 102-3. Drinking wine or sherry was thought to heat the blood.
of the blood.''
''From you have I been absent in the spring,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. From you have I been absent in the spring (l. 1-4). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.''
''But his neat cookery! He cut our roots in characters,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Guiderius, in Cymbeline, act 4, sc. 2, l. 49-51. Speaking of Imogen, in disguise as a youth, making a meal fit for the gods; "characters" means letters.
And sauced our broths, as Juno had been sick
And he her dieter.''
''The purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 20-4. Hamlet's advice to the actors has its origins in classical rhetoric; they are to show plainly the appearance (feature) of virtue and of vice, and reflect the present state of affairs; "pressure" means impression, as if in wax.
was and is, to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature: to show
virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and
body of the time his form and pressure.''
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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?