Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from human haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Duke Senior at II, i)
Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.--
This grave shall have a living monument.
An hour of quiet shortly shall we see;
Till then in patience our proceeding be.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at V, i)
Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee!
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at II, i)
Bleed, bleed, poor Country!
Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,
For goodness dare not check thee; wear thou thy wrongs,
The title is affeered!
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)
Yet thanks I must you con
That you are thieves professed, that you work not
In holier shapes; for there is boundless theft
In limited professions.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Timon at IV, 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)
Unthread the rude eye of rebellion,
And welcome home again discarded faith.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Melun at V, iv)
If but a dozen French
Were there in arms, they would be as a call
To train ten thousand English to their side,
Or as a little snow, tumbled about,
Anon becomes a mountain.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Pandulph at III, iv)
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)
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)
If you can look into the seeds of time
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favors nor your hate.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Banquo at I, iii)
Come, seeling night,
Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day,
And with thy bloody and invisible hand
Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond
Which keeps me pale. Light thickens, and the crow
Makes wing to th' rooky wood.
Good things of day begin to droop and drowse,
While night's black agents to their prey do rouse.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, ii)
The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark
When neither is attended; and I think
The nightingale, if she should sing by day
When every goose is cackling, would be thought
No better a musician than the wren.
How many thing by season seasoned are
To their right praise and true perfection!
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at V, i)
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at II, ii)