William Shakespeare Quotes
''O! grief hath changed me since you saw me last,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Egeon, in The Comedy of Errors, act 5, sc. 1, l. 298-300. Meeting Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus, who do not recognize him; "defeatures" means disfigurement.
And careful hours with time's deformèd hand
Have written strange defeatures in my face.''
''A man can no more separate age and covetousness than 'a canWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 228-30.
part young limbs and lechery.''
''Full many a glorious morning have I seenWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Full many a glorious morning have I seen (l. 1-4). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;''
''Guildenstern. The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Guildenstern and Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 260-1. Guildenstern thinks Hamlet's problem may be ambition.
Hamlet. A dream itself is but a shadow.''
''I do not knowWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 4, l. 43-6. On his failure to carry out his revenge on Claudius.
Why yet I live to say, "This thing's to do,"
Since I have cause, and will, and strength, and means
''Such was the very armor he had onWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Horatio, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 60-1. Speaking of the ghost which has just appeared in the likeness of the dead King of Denmark; "Norway" means King of Norway.
When he the ambitious Norway combated.''
''It makes us, or it mars us, think on that,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 5, sc. 1, l. 4-5. "Makes or mars" was proverbial meaning succeed or be destroyed; to Roderigo, as they ambush Cassio.
And fix most firm thy resolution.''
''They are but beggars that can count their worth,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 6, l. 32-4. To Romeo as they go off to be married; "sum up sum" means add up the total.
But my true love is grown to such excess
I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth.''
''I and my bosom must debate awhile,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 1, l. 31-2. Preparing himself for battle.
And then I would no other company.''
''When priests are more in word than matter;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Lear (III, ii). OHFP. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
When brewers mar their malt with water;
When nobles are their tailors' tutors,
No heretics burned but wenches' suitors,
Then shall the realm of Albion
Come to great confusion.
When every case in law is right,
No squire in debt, nor no poor knight;
When slanders do not live in tongues,
Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;
When usurers tell their gold i' the field,
And bawds and whores do churches build,
Then comes the time, who lives to see 't,
That going shall be used with feet.''
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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;