William Shakespeare Quotes

If ever thou shalt love, In the sweet pangs of it remember me; For such as I am, all true lovers are, Unstaid and skittish in all motions else Save in the constant image of the creature That is beloved.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 4, l. 15-20. His constancy is indeed to the "image" of Olivia, who refuses to see him; "motions" means urges, feelings.
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Those wounds heal ill that men do give themselves.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Patroclus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 3, l. 229. Referring to Achilles, whose reputation has been damaged by his idleness.
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But this place is too cold for hell. I'll devil-porter it no further; I had thought to have let in some of all professions that go the primrose way to th' everlasting bonfire.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Porter, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 3, l. 16-9. The porter imagines Macbeth's castle as hell: the flowery path to hell is derived from Matthew 7.13, "broad is the way that leadeth to destruction."
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You shall be as a father to my youth, My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear, And I will stoop and humble my intents To your well-practiced wise directions.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 5, sc. 2, l. 118-121. Accepting the guidance of the Lord Chief Justice.
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Jesters do oft prove prophets.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Regan, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 3, l. 71. Varying the proverb, "there's many a true word spoken in jest."
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You may as soon make her that you love believe it, which I warrant she is apter to do than to confess she does.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 387-9. Orlando is trying to make her believe that he loves her.
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The pound of flesh which I demand of him Is dearly bought as mine, and I will have it.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 99-100. Insisting on having a pound of Antonio's flesh.
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If I know how or which way to order these affairs Thus disorderly thrust into my hands, Never believe me.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The Duke of York, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 2, l. 109-11. He has been left to rule England in the absence of King Richard.
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I'll to thy closet and go read with thee Sad stories chanced in the times of old.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 3, sc. 2, l. 82-3. To his mutilated daughter, Lavinia; "closet" = private room.
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The Prince but studies his companions Like a strange tongue, wherein, to gain the language, 'Tis needful that the most immodest word Be looked upon and learnt, which once attained, Your highness knows, comes to no further use But to be known and hated.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Warwick, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 4, l. 69-73. On Prince Hal as using Falstaff and others for his education.
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