Quotations From WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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  • O thou day o' th' world,
    Chain mine armed neck, leap thou, attire and all,
    Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
    Ride on the pants triumphing!
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 8, l. 13-6. In victory he invites Cleopatra to bind ("Chain") him, and leap through his strong armor to her sexual embrace.

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  • No, I will be the pattern of all patience,
    I will say nothing.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 2, l. 37-8.
  • Love all, trust a few,
    Do wrong to none.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Countess of Rossillion, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 1, sc. 1, l. 64-5. A mother's advice to her young son Bertram, as he is summoned by the King to Paris.

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  • Sure, he, that made us with such large discourse,
    Looking before and after, gave us not
    That capability and god-like reason,
    To fust in us unused.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 4. This passage is absent from the 1623 Folio edition.

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  • Is wretchedness deprived that benefit
    To end itself by death? 'Twas yet some comfort
    When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage
    And frustrate his proud will.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 61-4. Stoics like Seneca defended suicide as a way to cheat "beguile" the enmity of tyrants like Nero in ancient Rome.

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  • Each your doing,
    So singular in each particular,
    Crowns what you are doing in the present deeds,
    That all your acts are queens.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Florizel, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, 143-6. Praising Perdita; everything she does seems unique ("singular"), and superb; he doesn't yet know that she is in fact royal and a princess.
  • Use almost can change the stamp of nature.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 4, l. 168. Proverbial; "stamp of nature" means innate characteristics.

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  • The April's in her eyes, it is love's spring,
    And these the showers to bring it on.
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 2, l. 43-4. On Octavia weeping as she parts from her brother, Octavius Caesar.

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  • 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.
  • 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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