Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Polonius at I, iii)
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard.
It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Caesar at II, ii)
When devils will the blackest sins put on,
They do suggest at first with heavenly shows!
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Iago at II, iii)
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin?
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, i)
Now it is the time of night
That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite,
In the churchway paths to glide.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck at V, i)
Springs not from Edward's well-meant honest love,
Bur from deceit, bred by necessity;
For how can tyrants safely govern home
Unless abroad they purchase great alliance?
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Queen Margaret at III, iii)
O nation miserable,
With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptred,
When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again,
Since that the truest issue of thy throne
By his own interdiction stands accursed
And does blaspheme his breed?
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macduff at IV, iii)
This tyrant, whole sole name blisters our tongues,
Was once thought honest; you have loved him well;
He hath not touched you yet.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Malcolm at IV, iii)
I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears
Decrease not, but grow faster than the years;
And should he doubt it, as no doubt he doth,
That I should open to the list'ning air
How many worthy princes' bloods were shed
To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,
To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms
And make pretense of wrong that I have done him;
When all, for mine, if I may call offense,
Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence;
Which love to all, of which thyself art one,
Who now reproved'st me for't--
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Pericles at I, ii)
For what is he they follow? Truly, gentlemen,
A bloody tyrant and a homicide;
One raised in blood and one in blood established;
One that made means to come by what he hath,
And slaughtered those that were the means to help him;
A base foul stone, made precious by the foil
Of England's chair, where he is falsely set;
One that hath ever been God's enemy.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Richmond at V, iii)
I thank you for your voices, thank you!
Your most sweet voices! Now you have left your voices,
I have no further with you.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Third Citizen at II, iii)
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing.
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Iago at III, iii)
The charm dissolves apace;
And as the morning steals upon the night,
Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
Their clearer reason.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Prospero at V, i)
When last the young Orlando parted from you,
He left a promise to return again
Within a hour; and pacing through the forest,
Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy,
Lo, what befell!
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Oliver at IV, iii)
Murder most foul, as in the best it is,
But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)
Blood hath been shed ere now, i' th' olden time,
Ere humane stature purged the gentle weal;
Ay, and since too, murders have been performed
Too terrible for the ear. The time has been
That, when the brains were out, the man would die,
And there an end. But now they rise again,
With twenty mortal murders on their crowns,
And push us from our stools. This is more strange
Than such a murder is.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, iv)
Hear me profess sincerely: had I a dozen sons, each in my love
alike, and none less dear than thine and my good Marcius, I had
rather have eleven die nobly for their country than one
voluptuously surfeit out of action.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Volumnia at I, iii)
I do love
My country's good with a respect more tender,
More holy and profound, then mine own life,
My dear wife's estimate, her womb increase,
And treasure of my loins.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Cominius at III, iii)
Be such a gosling to obey instinct, but stand
As is a man were author of himself
And knew no other kin.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at V, iii)
Nor do we find him forward to be sounded,
But with a crafty madness keeps aloof
When we would bring him on to some confession
Of his true state.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Guildenstern at III, i)
Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your
tutor. Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with
this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, ii)
Therefore doth heaven divide
The state of man in divers functions,
Setting endeavor in continual motion;
To which is fixed as an aim or butt
Obedience; for so work the honeybees,
Creatures that by a rule in nature teach
The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a king, and officers of sorts,
Where some like magistrates correct at home,
Others like merchants venture trade abroad,
Others like soldiers armed in their stings
Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds,
Which pillage they with merry march bring home
To the tent-royal of their emperor,
Who, busied in his majesties, surveys
The singing masons building roofs of gold,
The civil citizens kneading up the honey,
The poor mechanic porters crowding in
Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate,
The sad-eyed justice with his surly hum
Delivering o'er to executors pale
The lazy yawning drone.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Canterbury at I, ii)
If we do meet again, we'll smile indeed;
If not, 'tis true this parting was well made.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Cassius at V, i)