William Shakespeare Quotes

I can counterfeit the deep tragedian, Speak, and look back, and pry on every side, Tremble and start at wagging of a straw, Intending deep suspicion. Ghastly looks Are at my service like enforced smiles, And both are ready in their offices At any time to grace my stratagems.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Buckingham, in Richard III, act 3, sc. 5, l. 5-11. "Intending" = pretending; Buckingham is putting his ability to act a part at the service of Richard.
Cassius. Must I endure all this? Brutus. All this? Ay, more! Fret till your proud heart break.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius and Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 41-2. Brutus has accused Cassius of being corrupt.
The weariest and most loathèd worldly life, That age, ache, penury and imprisonment Can lay on nature is a paradise, To what we fear of death.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 1.
His biting is immortal; those that do die of it do seldom or never recover.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Clown, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 246-8. Referring to the asp or snake he brings to Cleopatra.
Your worship speaks like a most thankful and reverend youth, and I praise God for you.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 315-6. To old Leonato; Dogberry is comically muddled as ever.
On a day—alack the day— Love, whose month is ever May, Spied a blossom passing fair Playing in the wanton air.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dumaine, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 4, sc. 3, l. 99-102. Expressing his love for Katherine.
Well, 'tis no matter, honor pricks me on. Yea, but how if honor prick me off when I come on? how then?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 1, l. 129-31. Quibbling on meanings of "honor" means moral obligation and fame; and "prick" means spur on and mark down as dead.
There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 2, l. 35-6.
Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty, Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare, No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor; As much as child e'er loved, or father found, A love that makes breath poor and speech unable.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 55-60. responding to her father's demand of his daughters, "Which of you shall we say doth love us most?"
O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious, periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise. I would have such a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant. It out-Herods Herod. Pray you avoid it.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 8-14 (1604). Directing the players how to perform the speech he has inserted in the play to be presented before Claudius.