William Shakespeare Quotes
''Tell me where is fancy bred,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Song, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2, l. 63-71. The rhymes and the idea of dying help to guide Bassanio to choose the leaden casket; love ("fancy") was supposed to enter the heart through the eyes.
Or in the heart or in the head?
How begot, how nourished?
It is engendered in the eyes,
With gazing fed, and fancy dies
In the cradle where it lies.
Let us all ring fancy's knell.
I'll begin it. Ding, dong, bell.''
''We were as twinned lambs that did frisk i' the sunWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Winter's Tale (I, ii). On his childhood friendship with Leontes; "changes" means exchanged. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
And bleat the one at th' other. What we changed
Was innocence for innocence; we knew not
The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dreamed
That any did. Had we pursued that life,
And our weak spirits ne'er been higher reared
With stronger blood, we should have answered heaven
Boldly "Not guilty," the imposition cleared
''There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 4, sc. 5, l. 55-7. Condemning Cressida, who has been kissed in turn by all the Greek leaders.
Nay, her foot speaks; her wanton spirits look out
At every joint and motive of her body.''
''He is as valiant as the lion, churlish as the bear, slow as the elephant.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Alexander, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 2, l. 20-1. Describing the huge but dim-witted Ajax.
''Thou art a soldier only, speak no more.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 2, l. 107. Rebuking his lieutenant Enobarbus.
''There's husbandry in heaven,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Banquo, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 1, l. 4-5. Husbandry means thrift, meaning the stars are not visible.
Their candles are all out.''
''Our wooing doth not end like an old play.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Berowne, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 5, sc. 2, l. 874-5. The courtiers have to practice austerity for a year before the ladies will have them.
Jack hath not Jill.''
''For I can raise no money by vile means.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 71.
''I promise you, but for your company,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Capulet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 4, l. 6-7. To Paris, who has been hoping to see Juliet.
I would have been a-bed an hour ago.''
''Thus far with rough and all-unable penWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, act 5, epilogue, l. 1-3. The "little room" refers to the theater.
Our bending author hath pursued the story.
In little room confining mighty men.''
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Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...
Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,