William Shakespeare Quotes
''I had rather be a toad,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3.
And live upon the vapour of a dungeon
Than keep a corner in the thing I love
For others' uses.''
''Doth Fortune play the huswife with me now?''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pistol, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 1, l. 80. "Huswife" means hussy; he complains that fortune is being fickle; proverbial.
''Prince Hal. I never thought to hear thee speak again.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal and King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 5, l. 92. The King thinks his son wished him dead.
King Henry. Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought.''
''Shall we their fond pageant see?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Puck, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 115. On the confusions of the lovers; "fond" means both foolish and affectionate.
Lord, what fools these mortals be!''
''Romeo. Peace, peace, Mercutio, peace!William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo and Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 4, l. 95-100. Mercutio implies that Romeo's love for Rosaline is as much a vain fantasy as a dream.
Thou talk'st of nothing.
Mercutio. True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air,
And more inconstant than the wind.''
''The greater cantle of the world is lostWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Scarus, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 10, l. 6-8. After Antony has lost the Battle of Actium against Caesar.
With very ignorance, we have kissed away
Kingdoms and provinces.''
''Orpheus with his lute made treesWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Song, in Henry VIII, act 3, sc. 1, l. 3-8.
And the mountain tops that freeze
Bow themselves when he did sing.
To his music plants and flowers
Ever sprung, as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.''
''There have been,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Winter's Tale (I, ii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Or I am much deceived, cuckolds ere now;
And many a man there is, even at this present,
Now while I speak this, holds his wife by th' arm,
That little thinks she has been sluiced in 's absence
And his pond fished by his next neighbor, by
Sir Smile, his neighbor. Nay, there's comfort in 't
Whiles other men have gates and those gates opened,
As mine, against their will. Should all despair
That have revolted wives, the tenth of mankind
Would hang themselves.''
''The amity that wisdom knits not, folly may easily untie.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3, l. 101-2. Referring to the friendship of Ajax and Achilles.
''There is no man hath a virtue that he hath not a glimpse of, nor any man an attaint but he carries some stain of it.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Alexander, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 2, l. 24-6. Referring to Ajax; "attaint" = vice.
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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?