William Shakespeare Quotes
''My decayèd fairWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adriana, in The Comedy of Errors, act 2, sc. 1, l. 98-9. Complaining about her absent husband.
A sunny look of his would soon repair.''
''I am sure,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 13, l. 120-2. Criticizing Cleopatra.
Though you can guess what temperance should be,
You know not what it is.''
''Blow, blow, thou winter wind!William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. As You Like It (II, vii). Sung by a follower of the banished rightful Duke Senior. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.''
''Your answer, sir, is enigmatical.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 4, l. 27. He is puzzled by Leonato's reference to the trick played on him to make him fall in love with Beatrice.
''Good gentlemen, look fresh and merrily.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 224-7. As the conspirators set off toward the Capitol.
Let not our looks put on our purposes,
But bear it as our Roman actors do,
With untired spirits and formal constancy.''
''He is a lionWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caius Marcius, later Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 1, sc. 1, l. 235-6. A warrior's admiration for his rival, Tullus Aufidius, leader of the Volsces.
That I am proud to hunt.''
''I cannot live out of her company.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Celia, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 3, l. 86. Referring to herself and her cousin Rosalind.
''There's such divinity doth hedge a kingWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 5, l. 124-6. James I liked to claim that kings were gods on earth. It is ironic that Claudius, who murdered King Hamlet, should claim divine protection; "his" means its.
That treason can but peep to what it would,
Acts little of his will.''
''Chaste as the icicleWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 3, l. 65-7. On Valeria, friend of his wife, Virgilia; "curdied" means congealed; Diana was goddess of the moon and of chastity.
That's curdied by the frost from purest snow
And hangs on Dian's temple.''
''My love is thine to teach; teach it but how,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 291-3. Offering to help Claudio in any way to woo Hero.
And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn
Any hard lesson that may do thee good.''
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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?