William Shakespeare Quotes

Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 1, l. 36-8 (1623). Of the murdered Duncan.
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Come not between the dragon and his wrath.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 122.
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Had I but died an hour before this chance I had lived a blessed time; for from this instant There's nothing serious in mortality. All is but toys. Renown and grace is dead; The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left this vault to brag of.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Macbeth (II, iii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before 'tis a peascod, or a codling when 'tis almost an apple. 'Tis with him in standing water between boy and man.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malvolio, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 5, l. 156-9. Describing Cesario, Orsino's page (the disguised Viola); a squash was an unripe peapod; and a codling an unripe apple.
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We may outrun By violent swiftness that which we run at, And lose by over-running.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Norfolk, in Henry VIII, act 1, sc. 1, l. 141-3. Varying the proverb, "make haste slowly" (Latin "festina lente").
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O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought she purged the air of pestilence; That instant was I turned into a hart, And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E'er since pursue me.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 1, l. 18-22. The image of Actaeon, transformed into a stag by Diana, lies behind these lines.
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Being fooled, by foolery thrive; There's place and means for every man alive.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Parolles, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 4, sc. 3, l. 339. Shown up as a fool, he hopes to live by fooling others.
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Epicurean cooks Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pompey, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 1, l. 24-5. Imagining Antony's luxurious idling in Egypt.
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O monstrous! but one half-penny-worth of bread to this intolerable deal of sack!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 540-1. Reading the tavern bill found in Falstaff's pocket.
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That island of England breeds very valiant creatures; their mastiffs are of unmatchable courage.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rambures, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 7, l. 140-2.
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