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)
Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulleth edge of husbandry.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Polonius at I, iii)
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)
O God! that one might read the book of fate,
And see the revolution of the times
Make mountains level. and the continent,
Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
Into the sea!
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (King Henry at III, i)
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude:
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Amiens at II, vii)
This was the most unkindest cut of all;
For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitor's arms,
Quite vanquished him. Then burst his mighty heart;
And in his mantle muffling up his face,
Even at the base of Pompey's statue
(Which all the while ran blood) great Caesar fell.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Antony at III, ii)
I have been studying how I may compare
This prison where I live unto the world;
And, for because the world is populous,
And here is not a creature but myself,
I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (King Richard at V, v)
I am disgraced, impeached, and baffled here;
Pierced to the soul with slander's venomed spear,
The which no balm can cure but his heart-blood
Which breathed this poison.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Mowbray at I, i)
. . . The dove and very blessed spirit of peace, . . .
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Westmoreland at IV, i)
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)
We bodged again, as I have been a swan
With bootless labor swim against the tide
And spend her strength with overmatching waves.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)
I am the cygnet to this pale faint swan,
Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death,
And from the organ-pipe of fraity sings
His soul and body to their lasting rest.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Prince Henry at V, vii)
(Macbeth:) Here's our chief guest.
(Lady Macbeth:) If he had been forgotten,
It had been as a gap in our great feast,
And all-thing unbecoming.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth & Lady Macbeth at III, i)
Be it not in thy care. Go,
I charge thee, invite them all; let in the tide
Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Timon at III, iv)
All furnished, all in arms;
All plum'd like estridges that with the wind
Bated like eagles having lately bathed;
Glittering in golden coats like images;
As full of spirit as the month of May
And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer;
Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Vernon at IV, ii)
Like the lily
That once was mistress of the field and flourished,
I'll hang my head and perish.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Katherine at III, i)
It may do good; pride hath no other glass
To show itself but pride, for supple knees
Feed arrogance and are the proud man's fees.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ulysses at III, iii)
I would I had some flowers o' th' spring that might
Become your time of day, and yours, and yours,
That wear upon your virgin branches yet
Your maidenheads growing. O, Proserpina,
For the flowers now that, frighted, thou let'st fall
From Dis's wagon; daffodils,
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty; violets dim,
But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes
Or Cytherea's breath; pale primroses,
That die unmarried, ere they can behold
Bright Phoebus in his strength--a malady
Most incident to maids; bold oxlips and
The crown imperial; lilies of all kinds,
The flower-de-luce being one.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Perdita at IV, iv)
Madam, I swear I use no art at all.
That he is mad, 'tis true: 'tis true 'tis pity,
And pity 'tis 'tis true--a foolish figure.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Polonius at II, ii)
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises; and oft it hits
Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Helena at II, i)