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)
I will go wash;
And when my face is fair, you shall perceive
Whether I blush or no.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at I, ix)
Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite,
Lay by all nicety and prolixious blushes,
That banish what they sue for: redeem thy brother
By yielding up thy body to my will,
Or else he must not only die the death,
But thy unkindess shall his death draw out
To ling'ring sufferance.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, iv)
Yet will she blush, here be it said,
To bear her secrets so bewrayed.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Passionate Pilgrim (XVIII, l. 53), a poem of doubtful authenticity
E'en a crow o' th' same nest; not altogether so great as the
first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels
his brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the
best that is. In a retreat he outruns any lackey; marry, in
coming on he has the cramp.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Parolles at IV, iii)
So cowards fight when they can fly no further;
So doves do peck the falcon's piercing talons;
So desperate thieves, all hopeless of their lives,
Breathe out invectives 'gainst the officers.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Clifford at I, iv)
How many cowards whose hearts are all as false
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars,
Who inward searched, have livers white as milk!
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio at III, ii)
Were not in fault, for she was beautiful;
Mine ears, that heard her flattery; nor my heart,
That thought her like her seeming. It had been vicious
To have mistrusted her.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Cymbeline at V, v)
If he be so resolved,
I can o'ersway him; for he loves to hear
That unicorns may be betrayed with trees
And bears with glasses, elephants with holes,
Lions with toils, and men with flatterers,
He says he does, being then most flattered.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Decius at II, i)
No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en.
In brief, sir, study what you most effect.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Tranio at I, i)
Thou that so stoutly hast resisted me,
Give me thy gold, if thou hast any gold;
For I have bought it with an hundred blows.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Father at II, v)
From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leapt with him;
Yet nor the lays of birds, not the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Sonnet XCVIII
So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition--
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;
Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
Due but to one, and crowned with one crest.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena at III, ii)
O, how wretched
Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors!
There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to,
That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin,
More pangs and fears than wars or women have;
And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer,
Never to hope again.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Wolsey at III, ii)
This was the noblest Roman of them all.
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar;
He, only in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Antony at V, v)
Supposition all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes;
For treason is but trusted like the fox,
Who, ne'er so tame, so cherished and locked up,
Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Worcester at V, ii)
Men so noble,
However faulty, yet should find respect
For what they have been: 'tis a cruelty
To load a falling man.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Cromwell at V, iii)
Methinks I am a prophet new inspired
And thus, expiring, do foretell of him:
His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last,
For violent fires soon burn out themselves;
Small show'rs last long, but sudden storms are short;
He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes;
With eager feeding doth choke the feeder;
Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,
Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Gaunt at II, i)
The private wound is deepest. O time most accurst,
'Mongst all foes that a friend should be the worst!
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine at V, iv)