2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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)
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York;
And all the clouds that lowered upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at I, i)
All swol'n with chafing, down Adonis sits,
Banning his boist'rous and unruly beast;
And now the happy season once more fits
That lovesick Love by pleading may be blest;
For lovers say the heart hath treble wrong
When it is barred the aidance of the tongue.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Venus and Adonis (l. 325)
And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale, and this cuff was but
to knock at your ear, and beseech listening.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio at IV, 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 eagle suffers little birds to sing,
And is not careful what they mean thereby.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Tamora at IV, iv)
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)
When all aloud the wind doth blow,
And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Winter at V, ii)
(Celia:) Here come Monsieur Le Beau.
(Rosalind:) With his mouth full of news.
(Celia:) Which he will put on us as pigeons feed their young.
(Rosalind:) Then shall we be news-crammed.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Celia & Rosalind at I, ii)
Did ever raven sing so like a lark
That gives sweet tidings of the sun's uprise?
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Titus at III, i)
Marry, by these special marks: first, you have learned, like Sir
Proteus, to wreathe your arms like a malcontent, to relish a
love-song like a robin-redbreast, to walk alone like one that had
the pestilence, to sigh like a schoolboy that had lost his A B C,
to weep like a young wench that had buried her grandam, to fast
like one that takes diet, to watch like one that fears robbing,
to speak puling like a beggar at Hallowmas.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed at II, i)
See, your guests approach.
Address yourself to entertain them sprightly,
And let's be red with mirth.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Florizel at IV, 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)
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Sonnet XVIII
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)
So full of artless jealousy is guilt
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at IV, v)
It must be so, for miracles are ceased
And therefore we must needs admit the means
How things are perfected.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Canterbury at I, i)