William Shakespeare Quotes
''This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hippolyta, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1, l. 210. Watching the play of "Pyramus and Thisbe."
''She that was ever fair, and never proud,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 1, l. 148-9, 156-9. Any woman ("wight") so perfect would be fit only to have fools for children and be concerned with trivialities ("small beer"); Iago's litany ends characteristically in contempt.
Had tongue at will, and yet was never loud
She that could think, and ne'er disclose her mind,
See suitors following, and not look behind.
She was a wight, if ever such wight were
To suckle fools and chronicle small beer.''
''So tedious is this dayWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 28-31. Waiting impatiently for Romeo to come to her on her wedding night.
As is the night before some festival
To an impatient child that hath new robes
And may not wear them.''
''Use mercy to them all.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 3, l. 54.
''I can add colors to the chameleon,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Henry VI, Pt. III (III, ii). FaPoR. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
And set the murderous Machiavel to school.''
''I have done no harm. But I remember nowWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macduff, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 2, l. 74-7.
I am in this earthly world, where to do harm
Is often laudable, to good sometimes
Accounted dangerous folly.''
''When you depart from me, sorrow abides, and happiness takes his leave.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 101-2. Expressing his pleasure in welcoming guests.
''Thou canst not say I did it; never shakeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 49-50. On seeing the ghost of the murdered Banquo.
Thy gory locks at me.''
''They say best men are moulded out of faults,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mariana, in Measure for Measure, act 5, sc. 1, l. 439-41. Speaking about Angelo, now her husband.
And for the most, become much more the better
For being a little bad.''
''If ye should lead her in a fool's paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behavior.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Nurse, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 4, l. 165-7. Speaking to Romeo about Juliet; "a fool's paradise" means a state of delusory happiness.
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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;