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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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?