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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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;