William Shakespeare Quotes
''What's done cannot be undone.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 1, l. 68.
''Return to her? and fifty men dismissed?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 207-11. Preferring to struggle against storms and winds ("the enmity o' th' air"), and live with wild beasts, than stay with his ungrateful daughters.
No, rather I abjure all roofs, and choose
To wage against the enmity o' th' air,
To be a comrade with the wolf and owl
Necessity's sharp pinch.''
''The sin of my ingratitude even nowWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Macbeth (I, iv). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Was heavy on me. Thou art so far before
That swiftest wing of recompense is slow
To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved,
That the proportion both of thanks and payment
Might have been mine! Only I have left to say,
More is thy due than more than all can pay.''
''I think nobly of the soul.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malvolio, in Twelfth Night, act 4, sc. 2, l. 55. Protesting his sanity.
''Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Nerissa, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 2, l. 8-9. Over indulgence or having too much ages people, while those of moderate means live longer.
''Orsino. There's for thy pains.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino and Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 4, l. 67-71. Feste alludes to the proverbial idea that pleasure must be paid for with pain.
Feste. No pains, sir, I take pleasure in singing, sir.
Orsino. I'll pay thy pleasure then.
Feste. Truly, sir, and pleasure will be paid, one time or another.''
''There is no help.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Paris, in Troilus and Cressida, act 4, sc. 1, l. 48-50. On Cressida being sent to the Greek camp in exchange for Antenor.
The bitter disposition of the time
Will have it so.''
''Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3, l. 62-3. Advice to his son as he goes to live abroad; "their adoption tried" means their association with you tested.
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.''
''If he be sick with joy, he'll recover without physic.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 5, l. 15. Misunderstanding the nature of his father's illness.
''Quince. He is a very paramour for a sweet voice.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Quince and Flute, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 2, 12-4. Comically alluding to Bottom, who has been temporarily Titania's paramour.
Flute. You must say "paragon." A paramour is, God bless us, a thing of naught.''
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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?