William Shakespeare Quotes
''Claudio. In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio and Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 187-90. Claudio has fallen in love with Hero.
Benedick. I can see yet without spectacles, and I see no such matter.''
''There is gold, and hereWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 5, l. 28-30. Allowing a messenger to kiss the royal hand.
My bluest veins to kissa hand that kings
Have lipped, and trembled kissing.''
''Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws (l. 1-7). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger's jaws,
And burn the long-liv'd phoenix in her blood;
Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleet'st,
And do what'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
To the wide world and all her fading sweets;''
''I love to cope him in these sullen fits,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 67-8. Speaking of the melancholy Jaques; matter means thought.
For then he's full of matter.''
''When I was about thy years, Hal, I was not an eagle's talon in the waist, I could have crept into any alderman's thumb-ring.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 329-33.
A plague of sighing and grief, it blows a man up like a
''He has his health, and ampler strength indeedWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Florizel, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 403-4. Speaking of his father, Polixenes.
Than most have of his age.''
''I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny, who sways, not as it hath power, but as it is suffered.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 2, l. 49-51. "Suffered" means allowed, by the young who could seize power.
''There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 249-50. To Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; Hamlet says Denmark is a prison and they do not think so.
''O, when she is angry she is keen and shrewd;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 323-5. On Hermia; "keen and shrewd" meanscaustic and malicious.
She was a vixen when she went to school,
And though she be but little, she is fierce.''
''Good God, the souls of all my tribe defendWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 175-6.
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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?