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Quotations From WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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  • 1.
    When Caesar says, "Do this," it is performed.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 10. Responding to an order given by Caesar.
  • 2.
    If all the world could have seen 't, the woe had been universal.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 3rd Gentleman, in The Winter's Tale, act 5, sc. 2, l. 91-2. On the reporting of the (supposed) death of Hermione.

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  • 3.
    Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 3.
  • 4.
    Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 262-4. On being cashiered for drinking and quarrelling.

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  • 5.
    Great thing of us forgot!
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Albany, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 3, l. 237. In the excitement of other events, he has forgotten to find out what has happened to Lear and Cordelia.
  • 6.
    Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 5, sc. 3, l. 108. On receiving a letter from Cressida, whose love for Diomedes he has witnessed.

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  • 7.
    Love is merely a madness.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 400.

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  • 8.
    I am a man whom Fortune hath cruelly scratched.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Parolles, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 5, sc. 2, l. 26-7. Appealing for pity after being exposed as a liar and braggart.
  • 9.
    She is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition, she holds it a vice in her goodness not to do more than she is requested.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 319-22. Praising Desdemona.
  • 10.
    Well, honor is the subject of my story.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 92. For Brutus honor concerns the general good, but for Cassius it concerns his personal. Status.
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