William Shakespeare Quotes
''Like to the Pontic Sea,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 453-60. The "Pontic Sea" is the Black Sea; the "Propontic" or Sea of Marmora, and the "Hellespont" the straits of the Dardanelles, connect the Black Sea with the Aegean Sea in the Mediterranean.
Whose icy current and compulsive course
Ne'er knows retiring ebb, but keeps due on
To the Propontic and the Hellespont,
Even so my bloody thoughts with violent pace
Shall ne'er look back, ne'er ebb to humble love,
Till that a capable and wide revenge
Swallow them up.''
''Dead shepherd, now I find thy saw of might,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Phebe, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 5, l. 81-2. The quotation from Christopher Marlowe's poem Hero and Leander (1598), I.176 has passed into proverb lore. Marlowe died in 1593. Phebe, a shepherdess, calls Marlowe a shepherd.
"Who ever lov'd that lov'd not at first sight?"''
''Death makes no conquest of this conqueror,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Edward, in Richard III, act 3, sc. 1, l. 87-8. Commenting on Julius Caesar.
For now he lives in fame though not in life.''
''A man that apprehends death no more dreadfully but as a drunken sleep, careless, reckless, and fearless of what's past, present, or to come; insensible of mortality, and desperately mortal.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Provost, in Measure for Measure, act 4, sc. 2, l. 142-5. On Barnadine, long since sentenced to die, and who has no fear of death, and no hope of escaping it ("desperately mortal").
''It is nor hand, nor foot,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Romeo and Juliet (II, ii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.''
''Enter Rumor, painted full of tongues.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rumor, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 1-2 and stage direction. The chorus to the play.
Open your ears; for which of you will stop
The vent of hearing when loud Rumor speaks?''
''I owe him little duty and less love.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Somerset, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 4, sc. 4, l. 34.
''But this rough magicWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Tempest (V, i). OAEL-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
I here abjure, and when I have required
Some heavenly musicwhich even now I do
To work mine end upon their senses that
This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,
Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
And deeper than did ever plummet sound
I'll drown my book.''
''Two loves I have of comfort and despairWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Two loves I have of comfort and despair (l. 1-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Which like two spirits do suggest me still;
The better angel is a man right fair,
The worser spirit a woman, colored ill.
To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
Wooing his purity with her foul pride.
And whether that my angel be turned fiend,
Suspect I may, yet not directly tell;
But being both from me; both to each friend,
I guess one angel in another's hell.
Yet this shall I ne'er know, but live in doubt,
Till my bad angel fire my good one out.''
''Where I could not be honest,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Albany, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 1, l. 24-5. He is unwilling to fight except in a good cause; "honest" means honorable.
I never yet was valiant.''
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Fear No More
Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.
Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...
What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case