William Shakespeare Quotes
''I mean that my heart unto yours is knit,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lysander, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 2, l. 47-50. A pretty idea of the union of lovers, but a bit premature for Hermia.
So that but one heart we can make of it:
Two bosoms interchainèd with an oath,
So then two bosoms and a single troth.''
''Let us seek out some desolate shade, and thereWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malcolm, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 3, l. 1-2.
Weep our sad bosoms empty.''
''My glass shall not persuade me I am oldWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. My glass shall not persuade me I am old (l. 1-4). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
So long as youth and thou are of one date,
But when in thee time's furrows I behold,
Then look I death my days should expiate.''
''Neither rhyme nor reason can express how much.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 398-9. Proverbial; he has been trying to express in rhymes how much he is in love.
''What a pair of spectacles is here!''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pandarus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 4, sc. 4, l. 14. Looking at Troilus and Cressida embracing, and quibbling on spectacles = eyeglasses.
''Give thy thoughts no tongue,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3, l. 59-61 (1604). Advice to his son Laertes, departing for France ("unproportioned" means "inappropriate").
Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.''
''Let the end try the man.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 2, l. 47. Try means test, show the true worth of.
''The day will come when thou shalt wish for meWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Margaret, in Richard III, act 1, sc. 3, l. 244-5. Foreshadowing the misery Richard (the "toad") will inflict on Edward's Queen, Elizabeth.
To help thee curse this poisonous bunch-backed toad.''
''A gentleman, Nurse, that loves to hear himself talk, and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 4, l. 147-9. Describing his friend Mercutio to the nurse; "stand to" means defend.
''Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is?''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 1, l. 59-64. His famous defence of the shared humanity of Jews.
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Fear No More
Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.
Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...
Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;