William Shakespeare Quotes
''Your brother and my sister no sooner met but they looked;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 2, l. 32-7. Describing the sudden passion of Oliver and Celia for one another.
no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they
sighed; no sooner sighed but they asked one another the
reason; no sooner knew the reason but they sought the
''It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4.
''My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 119-24. Praising sand-colored ("sanded") hunting dogs; "flews" are the large hanging chaps of a hound; Thessaly was in ancient Greece.
So flewed, so sanded; and their heads are hung
With ears that sweep away the morning dew;
Crook-kneed, and dewlapped like Thessalian bulls;
Slow in pursuit, but matched in mouth like bells,
Each under each.''
''The heavens themselves, the planets, and this centerWilliam 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.
Observe degree, priority, and place,
Insisture, course, proportion, season, form,
Office, and custom, in all line of order.''
''I could be well contentWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Worcester, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 1, l. 23-5.
To entertain the lag end of my life
With quiet hours.''
''A wretched soul, bruised with adversity,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adriana, in The Comedy of Errors, act 2, sc. 1, l. 34-7.
We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;
But were we burdened with like weight of pain,
As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.''
''The long day's task is done,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 14, l. 35-6. Deciding to die, on hearing of Cleopatra's supposed death.
And we must sleep.''
''Breaking his oath and resolution likeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Aufidius, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 6, l. 94-5. About Coriolanus.
A twist of rotten silk.''
''When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 3, l. 242-4. Explaining his sudden discovery that he loves Beatrice.
''As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him. There is tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honor for his valor; and death for his ambition.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 24-9. Defending the killing of Caesar.
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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;