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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A Fairy Song
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
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?