William Shakespeare Quotes
''I rather tell thee what is to be fearedWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 211-2. Caesar thinks of himself as an embodiment of power, and his name has passed into dictionaries as such (compare German "Kaiser").
Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.''
''When the cross blue lightning seemed to openWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 50-2. Boasting to Casca that he is not afraid of ominous storms.
The breast of heaven, I did present myself
Even in the aim and very flash of it.''
''Thou still hast been the father of good news.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 42. To Polonius who brings news that peace is restored between Norway and Denmark; "still" means always.
''O, a kissWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 3, l. 44-5. Greeting his wife, Virgilia, who comes with his son and mother to plead with him not to make war on Rome.
Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge!''
''The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 97-8. To Leonato, who offers hospitality to Don Pedro and his companions.
''If he say so, may his pernicious soulWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Emilia, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 155-6. She wants Iago to rot slowly; a "grain" is the smallest measurement of weight.
Rot half a grain a day! He lies to the heart.''
''I am as poor as Job, my lord, but not so patient.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 126-7. Various calamities reduce Job to poverty, but he does not complain (Job 1:13-22).
''Here did she fall a tear. Here in this placeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gardener, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 4, l. 104-7. Speaking of the distressed Queen; "fall" means let fall; rue was a herb symbolic of repentance, and signifying sorrow; "ruth" means pity.
I'll set a bank of rue, sour herb-of-grace.
Rue even for ruth here shortly shall be seen
In the remembrance of a weeping queen.''
''This quarry cries on havoc. O proud Death,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Hamlet (V, ii). NAWM-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
What feast is toward in thine eternal cell,
That thou so many princes at a shot
So bloodily hast struck?''
''Thou wouldst not think how ill all's here about my heartbutWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 212-3. Just before the fencing-match with Laertes.
it is no matter.''
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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;