William Shakespeare Quotes
''Would he were fatter! But I fear him not.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 198-201. Caesar's name has become a symbol of domination, and seems to exist separately from the man.
Yet if my name were liable to fear,
I do not know the man I should avoid
So soon as that spare Cassius.''
''Our fathers' minds are dead,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 82-4. "Yoke and sufferance" means servitude and patient submission to it.
And we are governed with our mothers' spirits.
Our yoke and sufferance show us womanish.''
''O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 3, l. 36-8. Left alone, Claudius confesses to his crime, alluding to Cain's slaughter of Abel (Genesis 4).
It hath the primal eldest curse upon't,
A brother's murder.''
''Hear you this Triton of the minnows? Mark youWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 3, sc. 1, l. 89-90. Showing his contempt for Sicinius, a tribune of the people; Triton was a minor sea-god in ancient Greece.
His absolute "shall"?''
''Don Pedro. She cannot endure to hear tell of a husband.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro and Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 347-50. On Beatrice, whose intelligent mockery frightens away her suitors.
Leonato. O, by no means; she mocks all her wooers out of suit.''
''I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Emilia, in Othello, act 4, sc. 3, l. 38-9.
''I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is inWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 9-10. In this play Falstaff becomes the butt of other men's wit.
''I will go root awayWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gardener, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 4, l. 37-9.
The noisome weeds which without profit suck
The soil's fertility from wholesome flowers.''
''O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Hamlet (III, i). NAWM-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's,eye, tongue, sword,
Th' expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion and the mold of form,
Th' observed of all observers, quite, quite down!''
''Thou art e'en as just a manWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 54-5. His friend Horatio is as upright (just) a man as any he has had dealings with (coped withal).
As e'er my conversation coped withal.''
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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