William Shakespeare Quotes
''I must have libertyWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 47-8. He wants to be free to satirize everyone.
Withal, as large a charter as the wind.
To blow on whom, I please.''
''The skipping King, he ambled up and down,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 60-3. Speaking to his son of Richard II; "bavin" means brushwood; "carded his state" means weakened his power.
With shallow jesters and rash bavin wits,
Soon kindled and soon burnt, carded his state,
Mingled his royalty with cap'ring fools.''
''Let never day nor night unhallowed pass,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 2, sc. 1, l. 83-4. To a blind man who recovered his sight; "unhallowed" means unblessed by prayers.
But still remember what the Lord hath done.''
''My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard III, act 5, sc. 5, l. 147 (1597). Later, before the Battle of Bosworth, Richard rejects conscience with the words Conscience is but a word that cowards use, Devised at first to keep the strong in awe. (Act 5, sc. 6, l. 39-40).
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain.''
''How dost, my boy? Art cold?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 2, l. 68-71. Out in the storm, he learns there is a hovel nearby; the "boy" is his Fool.
I am cold myself. Where is this straw, good fellow?
The art of our necessities is strange
And can make vile things precious.''
''This is no time to lend money, especially upon bare friendship without security.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucullus, in Timon of Athens, act 3, sc. 1, l. 41-3. Refusing to help Timon.
''Receive what cheer you may;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malcolm, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 3, l. 239-40.
The night is long that never finds the day.''
''Sigh no more Ladies, sigh no moreWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Much Ado about Nothing (II, iii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Men were deceivers ever,
One foote in Sea, and one on shore,
To one thing constant never,''
''If I be foiled, there is but one shamed that was neverWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 2, l. 187-9. Not caring whether he is overthrown ("foiled"), as he volunteers to wrestle with a deadly professional.
gracious; if killed, but one dead that is willing to be so.''
''Heaven give thee joy!William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Page, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 5, sc. 5, l. 236-7. Discovering that Fenton has married his daughter.
What cannot be eschewed must be embraced.''
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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 ...
What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case