Quotations From WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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  • An angel is like you, Kate, and you are like an angel.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 109-10. Wooing Katherine of France.

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  • Now is the sun upon the highmost hill
    Of this day's journey.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 5, l. 9-10. It is noon, and she has been waiting three hours for her nurse to return.

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  • And what's he then that says I play the villain,
    When this advice is free I give, and honest,
    Probal to thinking, and indeed the course
    To win the Moor again?
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 336-9. Addressing the audience after advising Cassio to apply to Desdemona; "probal" means reasonable.
  • But it was alway yet the trick of our English nation, if they
    have a good thing, to make it too common.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 214-6. "Alway yet" means ever till now.
  • What thing, in honor, had my father lost,
    That need to be revived and breathed in me?
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British playwright, poet. Henry IV, Part II.

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  • Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Quince, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 1, l. 2-3.
  • They love not poison that do poison need.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 6, l. 38. Unhappy to learn that Richard II has been killed at his own suggestion.

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  • In companions
    That do converse and waste the time together,
    Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,
    There must be needs a like proportion
    Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 4, l. 11-5. Arguing that Bassanio and his friend Antonio, who spend ("waste") so much time together, must be alike.

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  • Jessica. I am never merry when I hear sweet music.
    Lorenzo. The reason is, your spirits are attentive.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jessica and Lorenzo, in The Merchant of Venice, act 5, sc. 1, l. 69-70. "Spirits are attentive" means faculties are engaged.

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  • By my soul I swear
    There is no power in the tongue of man
    To alter me.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Standing on his legal right to cut flesh from Antonio. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 240-2.

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