William Shakespeare Quotes

Let still the woman take An elder than herself. So wears she to him; So sways she level in her husband's heart.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 4, l. 29-31. Giving to his page Cesario (Viola in disguise) advice that is ironically more appropriate to Viola.
I am a man whom Fortune hath cruelly scratched.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Parolles, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 5, sc. 2, l. 26-7. Appealing for pity after being exposed as a liar and braggart.
This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pompey, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 7, l. 96. A Roman feast, less of an orgy than one in Alexandria, Egypt.
Wisdom cries out in the streets, and no man regards it.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 88-9. Echoing the Bible, Proverbs 1:23-4.
'Tis the infirmity of his age, yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Regan, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 293-4. On Lear casting off his daughter Cordelia.
My way is to conjure you, and I'll begin with the women. I charge you, O women, for the love you bear to men, to like as much of this play as please you.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, epilogue, l. 11-4.
If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 1, l. 64-73. Intending to demand his pound of flesh from Antonio.
Much is the force of heaven-bred poesy.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The Duke of Milan, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, act 3, sc. 2. In the Renaissance period, poetry, like love, was thought to be a divine furor.
Poor harmless fly, That with his pretty buzzing melody Came here to make us merry. And thou hast killed him!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 3, sc. 2, l. 63-5. To his brother Marcus; Titus is going mad.
Thou hast never in thy life Showed thy dear mother any courtesy, When she, poor hen, fond of no second brood, Has clucked thee to the wars, and safely home Loaden with honor.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Volumnia, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 3, l. 160-4. His mother pleads with Coriolanus not to make war on Rome; a strikingly homely image for a patrician lady.