William Shakespeare Quotes

Dark night, that from the eye his function takes, The ear more quick of apprehension makes; Wherein it doth impair the seeing sense It pays the hearing double recompense.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hermia, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 177-80.
Divinity of hell! When devils will the blackest sins put on, They do suggest at first with heavenly shows, As I do now.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 350-3. The divinity of hell is the inverted theology that leads people to damnation; "put on" means encourage; "suggest" means tempt.
But love is blind, and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit, For if they could, Cupid himself would blush To see me thus transformed to a boy.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jessica, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 6, l. 36-9. She is disguised to elope with Lorenzo; "love is blind" is proverbial.
Cankered heaps of strange-achievèd gold.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 5, l. 71. "Cankered" means polluted or corrupt.
Yet herein will I imitate the sun, Who doth permit the base contagious clouds To smother up his beauty from the world, That when he please again to be himself, Being wanted, he may be more wondered at By breaking through the foul and ugly mists Of vapors that did seem to strangle him
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Henry IV, Pt. I (I, ii). NAWM-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Memory, the warder of the brain.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7, l. 65. "Warder" means watchman.
They told me I was everything. 'Tis a lie, I am not ague-proof.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 104-5. "They" are flattering courtiers; "ague-proof" means immune to fever.
Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd. Thrice and once the hedge-pig whin'd. Harper cries: 'Tis time, 'tis time. Round about the cauldron go; In the poison'd entrails throw.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Macbeth (IV, i). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Nothing that can be can come between me and the full prospect of my hopes.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malvolio, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4, l. 81-2. Convinced that Olivia loves him.
Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news Hath but a losing office, and his tongue Sounds ever after as a sullen bell, Remembered tolling a departing friend.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Northumberland, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 100-3.