William Shakespeare Quotes
''I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thief,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Take all my loves, my love, yea take them all (l. 9-12). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Although thou steal thee all my poverty;
And yet love knows, it is a greater grief
To bear love's wrong, than hate's known injury.''
''The spring, the summer,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titania, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 111-4. On the confusion brought about by her quarrel with Oberon; "childing" means fruitful; "mazèd" means bewildered.
The childing autumn, angry winter change
Their wonted liveries, and the mazèd world
By their increase now knows not which is which.''
''Olivia. Whence came you, sir?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Viola, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 5, l. 178-9. Olivia thinks Viola is a man, Cesario; Viola is indeed playing a part, that of Orsino's messenger of love.
Viola. I can say little more than I have studied, and that question's out of my part.''
''Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 1st Lord, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 55-6. Quoting Jaques, moralizing over the fate of a wounded stag, ignored by its fellows.
'Tis just the fashion.''
''O cunning enemy, that to catch a saint,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Angelo, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2, l. 179-82. Angelo imagines Satan (the "enemy") as causing him to be attracted sexually to Isabella.
With saints doth bait thy hook! Most dangerous
Is that temptation that doth goad us on
To sin in loving virtue.''
''Let us presently go sit in council,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 1, l. 45-7. To Octavius, as they take power in Rome.
How covert matters may be best disclosed
And open perils surest answered.''
''Beatrice. Will you go hear this news, signor?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice and Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2, l. 101-4. Benedick's witty response to her question plays on "die" as referring to sexual orgasm, a common image in poetry of Shakespeare's age.
Benedick. I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap and be buried in thy eyes; and moreover, I will go with thee to thy uncle's.''
''This must my comfort be:William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bolingbroke, in Richard II, act 1, sc. 3, l. 144-5. On being banished by King Richard.
That sun that warms you here shall shine on me.''
''What a blunt fellow is this grown to be!William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 295-6. Describing Casca; "quick mettle" means lively in spirit.
He was quick mettle when he went to school.''
''O God, that men should put an enemy into their mouths to steal away their brains!''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 289-91. On losing his office because of drunkenness.
Read more quotations »
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 ...
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?