William Shakespeare Quotes
''There's small choice in rotten apples.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hortensio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 1, sc. 1. Responding to Gremio's likening of marriage to Katherinathe "shrew"Mto being "whipped at the high cross every morning."
''Doubting things go ill often hurts moreWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Imogen, in Cymbeline, act 1, sc. 6, l. 95-8. To Jachimo, who has hinted that all is not well with her; "Doubting" means suspecting; "timely knowing" means knowing in time.
Than to be sure they do; for certainties
Either are past remedies, or, timely knowing,
The remedy then born.''
''How many ages henceWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Julius Caesar (III, i). NAWM-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Shall this our lofty scene be acted over
In states unborn and accents yet unknown!''
''I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 1, l. 31-3. seeing his troops as like greyhounds leashed ("in the slips") and waiting to be loosed to hunt game. St. George is the patron saint of England.
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot!
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry, "God for Harry! England and Saint George!"''
''Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich being poor,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King of France, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 250-1.
Most choice forsaken, and most loved despised,
Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon.''
''I have seen a medicineWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lafew, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 2, sc. 1, l. 72-3. Referring to the beauty of Helena, as able to cure the sick King.
That's able to breathe life into a stone.''
''Lepidus. What manner o' thing is your crocodile?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lepidus and Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 7, l. 41-3. Antony mocks the drunken Lepidus, with whom he and Octavius share power.
Antony. It is shaped, sir, like itself, and it is as broad as it hath breadth.''
''Why do I yield to that suggestionWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 3, l. 134-7. The "horrid image" is the idea of murdering King Duncan.
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs
Against the use of nature?''
''O hateful Error, Melancholy's child,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Messala, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 3, l. 67-9. On the death of Cassius, who mistakenly thought the battle lost, and took his own life.
Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
The things that are not?''
''Thou met'st with things dying, I with things new-born.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Old Shepherd, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 3, l. 113-4. His son has seen Antigonus die, while the shepherd has found the baby, Perdita, left on the shore.
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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?