William Shakespeare Quotes

We know each other's faces; for our hearts, He knows no more of mine than I of yours, Or I of his, my lord, than you of mine.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Buckingham, in Richard III, act 3, sc. 4, l. 10-12. Deceiving the Bishop of Ely; Buckingham is conspiring with Richard.
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This day I breathèd first—time is come round, And where I did begin, there shall I end. My life is run his compass.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 3, l. 23-4. Believing the battle is lost; "compass" means full circle.
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What have I to give you back, whose worth May counterpoise this rich and precious gift?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1, l. 27-8. The "gift" is Leonato's daughter, Hero.
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The general so likes your music, that he desires you for love's sake to make no more noise with it.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Clown, in Othello, act 3, sc. 1, l. 11-3.
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Masters, do not forget to specify, when time and place shall serve, that I am an ass.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 255-6.
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This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself Unto our gentle senses.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duncan, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 6, l. 1-3. "Seat" means situation; "gentle senses" means sense made gentle by the air or breeze.
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Shall I not take mine ease in mine inn?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 3, l. 80-1.
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That sir which serves and seeks for gain, And follows but for form, Will pack when it begins to rain, And leave thee in the storm.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 78-81. "Sir" means man; "pack" means pack up and go.
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Gonzalo. Nay, good, be patient. Boatswain. When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarers for the name of king?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gonzalo and Boatswain, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 1, l. 15-7. The storm has no respect for social rank.
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Where be your gibes now, your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 1, l. 189-91. Holding the skull of Yorick, the king's jester.
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