William Shakespeare Quotes
''The weariest and most loathed worldly lifeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 1, l. 128-31. He is in prison, and sentenced to death; "To" means compared to.
That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment
Can lay on nature is a paradise
To what we fear of death.''
''Cleopatra. If it be love indeed, tell me how much.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra's first exchange with Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 1, l. 15. A grand conception of love as beyond measure.
Antony. There's beggary in the love that can be reckoned.''
''Our foster-nurse of nature is repose.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Doctor, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 4, l. 12. "Foster-nurse" means what naturally restores us.
''This is no flattery: these are counsellorsWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 10-1. The duke's philosophy in the face of wind and cold.
That feelingly persuade me what I am.''
''Give you a reason on compulsion? if reasons were as plentifulWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 238-40. Evading a direct answer to Poins and Hal; "reasons" would have sounded like "raisins."
as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion, I.''
''There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fluellen, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 1, l. 3-4. The odd grammar hints at Fluellen's Welsh accent.
''Idle old man,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 3, l. 16-8. Commenting on her father, King Lear.
That still would manage those authorities
That he hath given away!''
''My father's spirit in arms! All is not well.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 254-7. Left alone now he knows about the ghost, Hamlet plans to watch with them that night; compare the proverb, "murder will out."
I doubt some foul play. Would the night were come!
Till then sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise,
Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes.''
''Things base and vile, holding no quantity,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 232-5. Love is conventionally roused through sight, but the lover also lacks judgment in seeing beauty where others do not, hence the proverb, "Love is without reason." Cupid was often represented as blind or blindfolded, since his arrows were supposed to be fired at random.
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.''
''I do suspect the lusty MoorWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 1, l. 295-7. "Leaped into my seat" means made love to my wife, Emilia.
Hath leaped into my seat; the thought whereof
Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards.''
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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?