William Shakespeare Quotes
''Snug. Have you the lion's part written? Pray you, if it be, give it me; for I am slow of study.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Snug and Quince, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 2, l. 66-8.
Quince. You may do it extempore, for it is nothing but roaring.''
''While you here do snoring lie,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Tempest (II, i). OAEL-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
His time doth take.
If of life you keep a care,
Shake off slumber, and beware.
''I am as true as truth's simplicity,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 169-70. Swearing eternal constancy in love to Cressida.
And simpler than the infancy of truth.''
''He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Agrippa, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 2. Said of Caesar and Cleopatra.
''I am so lated in the world, that IWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 11, l. 3-4. Despairing after losing the battle of Actium; "lated" means belated, or benighted as if obscured in darkness.
Have lost my way for ever.''
''My father named me Autolycus, who being, as I am, littered under Mercury, was likewise a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Autolycus, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 3, l. 24-6 (1623). In mythology, Autolycus was the son of Mercury (god of thieves); here, Autolycus was born when the planet Mercury was in the ascendant.
''How now, Horatio? you tremble and look pale.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bernardo, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 53-4. The skeptical Horatio has seen the ghost; "fantasy" means imagination.
Is not this something more than fantasy?''
''O conspiracy,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 77-81. On the arrival at his house of the conspirators, hiding their faces in their cloaks.
Sham'st thou to show thy dang'rous brow by night,
When evils are most free? O then, by day
Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
To mask thy monstrous visage?''
''You never spoke what did become you lessWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Camillo, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 2, l. 282-3. On hearing Leontes accuse his wife of adultery.
''I love long life better than figs.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Charmian, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 2, l. 32. Figs were associated with sexual activity.
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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 ...
Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;