William Shakespeare Quotes

It will help me nothing To plead mine innocence, for that dye is on me Which makes my whit'st part black.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Buckingham, in Henry VIII, act 1, sc. 1, l. 207-9. On being arrested as a traitor; "nothing" = not at all.
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Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I ha' lost my reputation, I ha' lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3.
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The miserable have no other medicine But only hope.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 1.
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I am advised to give her music a' mornings; they say it will penetrate.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cloten, in Cymbeline, act 2, sc. 3, l. 11-2. The buffoon, Cloten, attempts to woo Imogen; "penetrate" suggests his real desire.
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I charge thee, Satan, housed within this man, To yield possession to my holy prayers.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Doctor Pinch, in The Comedy of Errors. Treating the supposedly mad Antipholus of Ephesus.
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Thou thyself hast been a libertine, As sensual as the brutish sting itself.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 65-6. Denying Jaques the moral high ground he has claimed.
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What time of day is it, lad?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 1. Addressing Prince Hal as "lad" shows the close relationship between them.
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The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long That it had its head bit off by its young.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 215-6. The cuckoo lays its eggs in another bird's nest, and so is an emblem of ingratitude; Lear is the sparrow and Goneril, his daughter, the cuckoo.
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You see how full of changes his age is.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 288. Speaking of her father, King Lear.
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Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 135-6. Addressing Ophelia.
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