Quotations From WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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  • Take but degree away, untune that string,
    And hark what discord follows!
    ...
    Force should be right, or, rather, right and wrong—
    Between whose endless jar justice resides—
    Should lose their names, and so should justice too.
    Then everything includes itself in power,
    Power into will, will into appetite;
    And appetite, an universal wolf,
    So doubly seconded with will and power,
    Must make perforce an universal prey,
    And last eat up himself.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 3, l. 109-10, 116-24. Ulysses' vision of anarchy if social ranks and hierarchy are done away with.

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  • To feed were best at home;
    From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony;
    Meeting were bare without it.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 34-6. "From thence" means away from home.

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  • If I can cross him any way, I bless myself every way.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don John, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 3, l. 67-8. Referring to Claudio, whom he hates; "cross" means thwart, punning also on making the sign of the cross, so leading into "bless."
  • Miranda. My husband, then?
    Ferdinand. Ay, with a heart as willing
    As bondage e'er of freedom. Here's my hand.
    Miranda. And mine, with my heart in 't.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ferdinand and Miranda, in The Tempest, act 3, sc. 1, l. 89-90. The marriage bond for these lovers becomes paradoxically their freedom.

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  • I count myself in nothing else so happy
    As in a soul remembering my good friends.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bolingbroke, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 3, l. 46-7.

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  • He hath achieved a maid
    That paragons description and wild fame;
    One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 1, l. 61-3. The maid is Desdemona, who surpasses ("paragons") description, and goes beyond the witty conceptions ("quirks") of those who would proclaim her beauty ("blazon" is a term from heraldry, meaning originally a shield or badge).

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  • Titania. What, wilt thou hear some music, my sweet love?
    Bottom. I have a reasonable good ear in music. Let's have the tongs and the bones.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titania and Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 27-9. Bottom's idea of music is to play on metal tongs and bone clappers.

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  • He must be taught, and trained, and bid go forth:
    A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds
    On objects, arts, and imitations,
    Which, out of use and staled by other men,
    Begin his fashion.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 1, l. 35-9. On Lepidus, the third member of the triumvirate ruling Rome as one whose attention is taken by curiosities, tricks and copying fashions that are already obsolete.
  • Thieves for their robbery have authority
    When judges steal themselves.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Angelo, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2, l. 175-6.
  • Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes,
    Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers' tears.
    What is it else? A madness most discreet,
    A choking gall and a preserving sweet.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 1. A fanciful definition of love: if the "fume" or smoke of sighs is removed, a lover's eyes sparkle; if it is stirred up, tears are provoked.

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