William Shakespeare Quotes

Thou didst drink The stale of horses and the gilded puddle That beasts would cough at.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 4, l. 61-3. Hardships that Antony endured as a soldier; "stale" is urine.
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Those that with haste will make a mighty fire Begin it with weak straws.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 107-8. Meaning that a huge conflagration can quickly be started with a few worthless straws (and so may a revolution be begun from nothing).
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Silence is the perfectest herald of joy.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 306. Unable to express his happiness on being offered Hero in marriage.
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Conrade. Away! You are an ass, you are an ass. Dogberry. Dost thou not suspect my place? Dost thou not suspect my years?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Conrade and Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 2, l. 73-5. As usual getting the word wrong; Dogberry means "respect," not "suspect."
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An honest soul, i'faith, sir, by my troth he is, as ever broke bread. But God is to be worshipped; all men are not alike.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 5, l. 38-40. Claiming his own superiority over Verges, his assistant as constable.
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As I stood here below, methought his eyes Were two full moons; he had a thousand noses, Horns whelked and waved like the enridgèd sea. It was some fiend.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edgar, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 69-72. Deceiving has father into thinking he has been led by a fiend; "whelked" means twisted.
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A plague of all cowards, I say, and a vengeance too!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 114-5. Blustering after running away himself from Hal and Poins; "of" means on.
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O proud death, What feast is toward in thine eternal cell, That thou so many princes at a shot So bloodily hast struck?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fortinbras, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 364-7. "Toward" means in preparation; "eternal cell" means the grave.
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Though they are of monstrous shape, yet note Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of Our human generation you shall find Many, nay, almost any.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gonzalo, in The Tempest, act 3, sc. 3, l. 31-4. On the "strange shapes" that offer Alonso and his courtiers a banquet.
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There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 219-22.
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