William Shakespeare Quotes
''Aged ears play truant at his tales,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosaline, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 2, sc. 1, l. 74-6. Praising Berowne; "play truant" = cease to attend to serious business; "voluble" = lively, quick.
And younger hearings are quite ravished,
So sweet and voluble is his discourse.''
''What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4, l. 97-8. Treating Malvolio as if he is mad.
''And where two raging fires meet together;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Taming of the Shrew (II, i). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.
Though little fire grows great with little wind,
Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.''
''I am weaker than a woman's tear,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 1, l. 9-12. "Fonder" = more foolish; his love for Cressida prevents him from fighting against the Greeks.
Tamer than sleep, fonder than ignorance,
Less valiant than the virgin in the night,
And skilless as unpractised infancy.''
''I fear me you but warm the starvèd snake,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. York, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 3, sc. 1, l. 343-4. Plotting rebellion.
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts.''
''You are as strong, as valiant, as wise, no less noble, much more gentle, and altogether more tractable.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Agamemnon, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3, l. 148-50. Comparing Ajax to Achilles.
''Come,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 13, l. 181-2. Calling, in defeat, for one more night of feasting (certain college feasts in Oxford and Cambridge are still called a "gaudy").
Let's have one other gaudy night.''
''If I had a mind to be honest, I see Fortune would not suffer me: she drops booties in my mouth.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Autolycus, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 831-2. Thinking him a courtier, the shepherds have given him gold to conduct their business at court.
''She speaks poniards, and every word stabs.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 247-8. On Beatrice's sharp tongue.
''Shall we nowWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 23-8. Reprimanding Cassius.
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes,
And sell the mighty space of our large honors
For so much trash as may be grasped thus?
I had rather be a dog and bay the moon
Than such a Roman.''
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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?