William Shakespeare Quotes
''What thing, in honor, had my father lost,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British playwright, poet. Henry IV, Part II.
That need to be revived and breathed in me?''
''Poor and content is rich, and rich enough,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 172-4. "Fineless" means unlimited.
But riches fineless is as poor as winter
To him that ever fears he shall be poor.''
''At first the infant,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 143-4. The first of the "seven ages" of man, that of the infant crying and being sick.
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.''
''How quickly nature falls into revoltWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 5, l. 65-6. "Nature" means human nature, or natural affection; mistakenly thinking Prince Hal is greedy for power.
When gold becomes her object!''
''We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in King Henry V, act 4, sc. 3, l. 60-7 (1600). Henry's speech before the battle of Agincourt.
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.''
''Out, damned spot; out I say.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 1, l. 33 (1623). Lady Macbeth, sleepwalking, sees the murdered Duncan's blood on her hands.
''I have full cause of weeping, but this heartWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 2, l. 457-9 (1623).
Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws
Or ere I'll weep.''
''And Pity, like a naked newborn babeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Macbeth (I, vii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin, horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on th' other''
''I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malvolio, in Twelfth Night, act 5, sc. 1, l. 378. His famous exit line, after being duped and treated as mad.
''In the reproof of chanceWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Nestor, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 3, l. 33-4. The true test of men, says Nestor, lies in the way they cope with chance.
Lies the true proof of men.''
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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.
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?