William Shakespeare Quotes
''Then must you speakWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 343-8. "Judean" may refer to the betrayal of Christ by Judas, who threw away the "pearl of great price" (Matthew 13:46) which is heaven; but the earliest text reads "Indian," suggesting an ignorant East or West Indian who does not know the value of a precious stone.
Of one that loved not wisely but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought,
Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Judean threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe.''
''Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Petruchio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 1, sc. 2, l. 57-8. He has just arrived in Padua from Verona.
And so am come abroad to see the world.''
''We do pray for mercy,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 200-2. Inviting Shylock to be merciful.
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.''
''Bear with my weakness. My old brain is troubled.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prospero, in The Tempest, act 4, sc. 1, l. 159-60.
Be not disturbed with my infirmity.''
''Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was madeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 1, sc. 2, l. 171-2. Wooing the Lady Anne, whose father he killed.
For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.''
''The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 4, l. 57. Going to see Silvius wooing Phebe.
''Sir Toby Belch. Pourquoi, my dear knight?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 3, l. 90-4. "tongues" means languages; Sir Andrew does not understand the simplest French, "pourquoi" means why?; Setting dogs to bait bears was a popular sport in Shakespeare's day.
Sir Andrew Aguecheek. What is "pourquoi?" Do, or not do? I would I had bestowed that time in the tongues that I have in fencing, dancing, and bear-baiting. O had I but followed the arts!''
''Say, what abridgement have you for this evening?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1, l. 39-41. A "masque" was a courtly entertainment including masked dancers.
What masque, what music? How shall we beguile
The lazy time if not with some delight?''
''And appetite, an universal wolf,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Troilus and Cressida (I, iii). TrGrPo. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce an universal prey
And last eat up himself.''
''I did not think to shed a tearWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Wolsey, in Henry VIII, act 4, sc. 1, l. 428-30. To his devoted supporter Cromwell.
In all my miseries; but thou hast forced me,
Out of thy honest truth, to play the woman.''
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Fear No More
Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.
Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...
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;