2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Pluck up thy spirits, look cheerfully upon me.
Here, love, thou seest how diligent I am
To dress thy meat myself and bring it thee.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio at IV, iii)
No, 'tis slander,
Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue
Outvenoms all the worms of Nile, whose breath
Rides on the posting winds and doth belie
All corners of the world. Kings, queens. and states,
Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave
This viperous slander enters.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Pisanio at III, iv)
(Salerio:) . . . if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her
(Solanio:) I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever
knapped ginger or made her neighbors believe she wept for the
death of a third husband.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Salerio & Solanio at III, i)
I heard a bird so sing,
Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the king.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Lancaster at V, v)
I have heard
The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn,
Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat
Awake the god of the day, and at his warning,
Whether in sea or fire, in earth or air,
Th' extravagant and erring spirit hies
To his confine; and of the truth herein
This present object made probation.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Horatio at I, i)
Why, 'a stalks up and down like a peacock--a stride and a stand;
ruminates like an hostess that hath no arithmetic but her brain
to set down her reckoning; bites his lip with a politic regard,
as who should say, 'There were wit in this head an 'twould out';
and so there is, but it lies as coldly in him as fire in a flint,
which will not show without knocking.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Thersites at III, iii)
This night I hold an old accustomed feast,
Whereto I have invited many a guest,
Such as I love; and you among the store,
One more, most welcome, makes my number more.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Capulet at I, ii)
Methinks a father
Is at the nuptial of his son a guest
That best becomes the table.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Polixenes at IV, iv)
The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,
Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver,
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
The water which they beat to follow faster,
As amorous of their strokes.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Enobarbus at II, ii)
So holy and so perfect is my love,
And I in such a poverty of grace,
That I shall think it a most plenteous crop
To glean the broken ears after the man
That the main harvest reaps.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Silvius at III, v)
I do not hate a proud man, as I do hate the engendering of toads.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ajax at II, iii)
She bears a duke's revenues on her back,
And in her heart she scorns our poverty.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Margaret, Queen to King Henry at I, iii)
There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip;
Nay, her foot speaks.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ulysses at IV, v)
If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true that a good
play needs no epilogue.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Rosalind at epilogue)
We are not ourselves
When nature, being oppressed, commands the mind
To suffer with the body.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at II, iv)
Many a time and oft
Have you climbed up to walls and battlements,
To tow'rs and windows, yea, to chimney tops,
Your infants in your arms, and there have sat
The livelong day, with patient expectation,
To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Marullus at I, i)
Promising is the very air o' th' time; it opens the eyes of
expectation. Performance is ever duller for his act; and, but in
the plainer and simpler kind of people, the deed of saying is
quite out of use. To promise is most courtly and fashionable;
performance is a kind of will or testament which argues a great
sickness in his judgment that makes it.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Painter at V, i)
To be, or not to be--that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep--
No more--and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, i)
Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By fearing to attempt.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Lucio at I, iv)