William Shakespeare Quotes

Stand not upon the order of your going, But go at once.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 118-9.
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Adultery? Thou shalt not die. Die for adultery! No, the wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly Does lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 5, l. 110-12 (1623). Speaking to the blinded Gloucester, whom he believes has come to ask forgiveness.
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Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That in a spleen unfolds both heaven and earth, And, ere a man hath power to say "Behold!" The jaws of darkness do devour it up. So quick bright things come to confusion.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lysander, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 144-9. On the nature of human love, and life; "collied" means blackened (as with coal dust); "in a spleen" means fit of temper.
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Nay, had I power, I should Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell, Uproar the universal peace, confound All unity on earth.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malcolm, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 3, l. 97-100. "Uproar" means throw into confusion.
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They are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing. It is no mean happiness therefore to be seated in the mean.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Nerissa, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 2, l. 5-8. "In the mean" means between extremes of too much and too little.
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Ill will never said well.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orleans, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 7, l. 13. Proverbial.
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Our kindred, though they be long ere they be wooed, they are constant being won; they are burrs, I can tell you, they'll stick where they are thrown.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pandarus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 109-12. Praising his niece, Cressida.
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Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice, Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3, l. 68-9. Advice to his son; "censure" means opinion.
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I feel me much to blame So idly to profane the precious time.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 361-2. News of war makes Hal realize he is wasting time; "profane" means violate, treat with contempt.
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So now prosperity begins to mellow And drop into the rotten mouth of death.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen, Margaret in Richard III, act 4, sc. 4, l. 1-2. Happy to see Richard's fortunes declining and her enemies being destroyed.
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