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)
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)