William Shakespeare Quotes
''Jaques. What stature is she of?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques and Orlando, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 268-9. A lover's answer to a pointless question.
Orlando. Just as high as my heart.''
''Sir, 'tis my occupation to be plain:William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 2, l. 92-5. Addressing his superior, the Duke of Cornwall.
I have seen better faces in my time
Than stands on any shoulder that I see
Before me at this instant.''
''You everWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VIII, act 2, sc. 4, l. 163-6. The "business" is the divorce proceeding against Katherine of Aragon.
Have wished the sleeping of this business, never desired
It to be stirred, but oft have hindered, oft
The passages made toward it.''
''Give me that glass, and therein will I read.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 4, sc. 1, l. 276-9. Looking at himself in a mirror.
No deeper wrinkles yet? Hath sorrow struck
So many blows upon this face of mine
And made no deeper wounds?''
''I am ashamedWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 296-9.
That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus,
That these hot tears, which break from me perforce,
Should make thee worth them.''
''When you do find him, or alive or dead,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucilius, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 4, l. 24-5. To Antony, searching for Brutus now he and Octavius have won the battle of Philippi.
He will be found like Brutus, like himself.''
''Macduff. What three things does drink especially provoke?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macduff and Porter, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 3, l. 26-30. "Marry" means by the Virgin Mary (an oath); "nose-painting" means red noses.
Porter. Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes: it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.''
''I am too old to fawn upon a nurse,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mowbray, in Richard II, act 1, sc. 3, l. 170-1. Banished, he feels too old to learn a new language and way of life.
Too far in years to be a pupil now.''
''Or I shall live your epitaph to make,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Or I shall live your epitaph to make (l. 1-6). OBSC. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Or you survive when I in earth am rotten;
From hence your memory death cannot take,
Although in me each part will be forgotten.
Your name from hence immortal life shall have,
Though I, once gone, to all the world must die:''
''My wife, my wife! what wife? I have no wife.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 97-100. T hat the earth ("globe") should gape wide ("yawn") at the change brought by Desdemona's death suggests an earthquake.
O insupportable! O heavy hour!
Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse
Of sun and moon, and that th' affrighted globe
Should yawn at alteration.''
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A Fairy Song
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain