Quotations From WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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  • The hunt is up, the morn is bright and grey,
    The fields are fragrant and the woods are green.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 2, sc. 2, l. 1-2.

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  • Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt
    not escape calumny.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 135-6. Addressing Ophelia.

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  • You see how full of changes his age is.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 288. Speaking of her father, King Lear.
  • Alas, poor shepherd, searching of thy wound,
    I have by hard adventure found mine own.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 4, l. 44-5. Examining (searching) Silvius's wound of love, Rosalind recognizes her own complaint.
  • Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
    With Ate by his side, come hot from hell,
    Shall in these confines, with a monarch's voice,
    Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 270-3. Ate was the Greek goddess of discord and destruction; the cry "Havoc!" Was the signal to kill and pillage without mercy.

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  • O monstrous! but one half-penny-worth of bread to this
    intolerable deal of sack!
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 540-1. Reading the tavern bill found in Falstaff's pocket.
  • These high wild hills and rough uneven ways
    Draws out our miles and makes them wearisome.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Earl of Northumberland, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 3, l. 3-5. As a stranger in Gloucestershire.
  • I am advised to give her music a' mornings; they say it will
    penetrate.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cloten, in Cymbeline, act 2, sc. 3, l. 11-2. The buffoon, Cloten, attempts to woo Imogen; "penetrate" suggests his real desire.

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  • O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first,
    Methought she purged the air of pestilence;
    That instant was I turned into a hart,
    And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,
    E'er since pursue me.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 1, l. 18-22. The image of Actaeon, transformed into a stag by Diana, lies behind these lines.
  • Things that love night
    Love not such nights as these.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 2, l. 42-3. Referring to the wild storm in which Lear wanders.

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