William Shakespeare Quotes
''Hear my soul speak:William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ferdinand, in The Tempest, act 3, sc. 1, l. 63-6. His love makes him a willing "servant" to Miranda.
The very instant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service, there resides
To make me slave to it.''
''The glow-worm shows the matin to be near,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 89-90. Signaling the end of the interview between Hamlet and the ghost of his father as day approaches.
And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire.''
''Hamlet. To what base uses we may return, Horatio! Why mayWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet and Horatio, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 1, l. 202-6. Horatio pinpoints Hamlet's self-indulgence in contemplating death so minutely ("curiously").
not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander, till a
find it stopping a bung-hole?
Horatio. 'Twere to consider too curiously to consider so.''
''O that this too too solid flesh would melt,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 129-32. "Canon" means the sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill"; "solid" puns on "sullied," contaminated.
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!''
''A plague upon it!William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 5-6. The map on which the rebels were to mark out their shares of the kingdom.
I have forgot the map.''
''O, it is excellentWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Isabella, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2, l. 107-9. Pleading with Angelo for her brother's life.
To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.''
''We will eat a last year's pippin of mine own grafting, with aWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Justice Shallow, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 5, sc. 3, l. 2-3. Apples were often eaten with caraway seeds.
dish of caraways, and so forth.''
''This day is called the Feast of Crispian.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 3, l. 40-3. October 25 was the feast of St. Crispian, a legendary Roman martyr and patron saint of shoemakers; "safe home" means to England.
He that outlives this day and comes safe home
Will stand a-tiptoe when this day is named
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.''
''The great King of kingsWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Richard III (I, iv). In the ten commandments, Exodus 20: 13; "table" means tablet or list. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Hath in the table of his law commanded
That thou shalt do no murder. Will you then
Spurn at his edict, and fulfill a man's?
Take heed; for he holds vengeance in his hand
To hurl upon their heads that break his law.''
''Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear and Fool, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 148-50. On King Lear, who has given away his kingdom to his daughters.
Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast born with.''
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Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...
Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,