William Shakespeare Quotes
''I think she means to tangle my eyes too!''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 5, l. 44. Phebe begins to fall in love with Rosalind, who is disguised as a boy.
''Loose now and thenWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Silvius, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 5, l. 103-4. Infatuated with Phebe.
A scattered smile, and that I'll live upon.''
''How many cowards, whose hearts are all as falseWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Merchant of Venice (III, ii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars,
Who, inward searched, have livers white as milk!''
''I have trod a measure, I have flattered a lady, I haveWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Touchstone, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 4, l. 44-6. Part of Touchstone's claim to be a courtier.
been politic with my friend, smooth with mine enemy.''
''The bay-trees in our country are all withered,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Welsh Captain, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 4, l. 8-15.
And meteors fright the fixèd stars of heaven.
The pale-faced moon looks bloody on the earth,
And lean-looked prophets whisper fearful change.
Rich men look sad, and ruffians dance and leap;
The one in fear to lose what they enjoy,
The other to enjoy by rage and war.
These signs forerun the death or fall of kings.''
''Ingratitude is monstrous, and for the multitude to beWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 3rd Citizen, in Coriolanus, act 2, sc. 3, l. 9-11. Arguing that the people should be grateful to Caius Marcius for defeating the Volsces.
ingrateful were to make a monster of the multitude.''
''Herein Fortune shows herself more kindWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 267-72. Finding reasons to welcome the prospect of death.
Than is her custom. It is still her use
To let the wretched man outlive his wealth,
To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow
An age of poverty; from which lingering penance
Of such misery doth she cut me off.''
''Consideration like an angel cameWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Archbishop of Canterbury, in Henry V, act 1, sc. 1, l. 28-9. on Prince Hal's reformation now he is king; Adam was guilty of the first, original sin in disobeying God (see Romans 5.12-14).
And whipped th' offending Adam out of him.''
''I have heard it said unbidden guestsWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bedford, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 2, sc. 2, l. 55-6.
Are often welcomest when they are gone.''
''I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Boy, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 4, 67-9. Proverbial; referring to the empty boasting of Pistol.
But the saying is true: "The empty vessel makes the greatest
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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 ...
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;