William Shakespeare Quotes
''What, has this thing appeared again tonight?''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Horatio, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 21. Addressed to the sentinels at the king's castle, regarding the ghost of the dead King Hamlet of Denmark.
''I see a man's life is a tedious one.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Imogen, in Cymbeline, act 3, sc. 6, l. 1. She is tired with traveling on foot disguised as a youth.
''Come, civil night,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 10-1. "Civil" means mannerly, observing propriety; Juliet is now married, and anxiously awaiting nightfall and the coming of Romeo.
Thou sober-suited matron all in black.''
''There is some soul of goodness in things evil,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 1, l. 4-5. "Observingly" means observantly, with watchful care.
Would men observingly distil it out.''
''Thou, Nature, art my goddess; to thy lawWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Lear (I, ii). Rejecting conventional morality in favor of the law of the jungle, as he is a "natural" child, a bastard. OHFP. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
My services are bound. Wherefore should I
Stand in the plague of custom and permit
The curiosity of nations to deprive me,
For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
Lag of a brother? Why bastard? Wherefore base?
When my dimensions are as well compact,
My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us
With base? With baseness? Bastardy? Base, base?
Who in the lusty stealth of nature take
More composition and fierce quality
Than doth within a dull, stale, tired bed
Go to th' creating a whole tribe of fops
Got 'tween asleep and wake?''
''No medicine in the world can do thee good;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Laertes, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 314-5.
In thee there is not half an hour's life.''
''Welcome hither,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leontes, in The Winter's Tale, act 5, sc. 1, l. 151-2. Welcoming Florizel at his court.
As is the spring to th' earth.''
''Can such things beWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 109-11. On seeing the ghost of the murdered Banquo.
And overcome us like a summer's cloud,
Without our special wonder?''
''The bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 4, l. 112-3. Teasing Juliet's nurse, who is something of a bawd.
''You, that have so fair parts of woman on you,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Old Lady, in Henry VIII, act 2, sc. 3, l. 27-30. To Anne Bullen, who has said she does not want to be queen; "affected" = desired.
Have too a woman's heart, which ever yet
Affected eminence, wealth, sovereignty;
Which, to say sooth, are blessings.''
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A Fairy Song
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
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