William Shakespeare Quotes

By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 2nd Witch, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 1, l. 44-5.
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There's a time for all things.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antipholus of Syracuse, in The Comedy of Errors, act 2, sc. 2, l. 65. proverbial; from Ecclesiates, 3.1, "To every thing there is a season."
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Apothecary. My poverty, but not my will, consents. Romeo. I pay thy poverty, and not thy will.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Apothecary and Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 5, sc. 1, l. 75-6. Romeo persuades the apothecary to sell him poison.
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Wooing, wedding, and repenting, is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinquepace; the first suit is hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig, and full as fantastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a measure, full of state and ancientry; and then comes repentance and, with his bad legs, falls into the cinquepace faster and faster, till he sink into his grave.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 73-80. Her cynical view of marriage; "state and ancientry" means stateliness and old-fashioned formality; a "cinquepace" was a lively dance (French "cinq pas" means five paces), with a pun on "sink."
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They will steal anything, and call it purchase.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Boy, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 2, l. 41-2. "Purchase" means plunder.
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But you are come A market-maid to Rome.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 6, l. 50-1. Octavius sees his sister returning to Rome with a smaller train than he thinks appropriate.
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The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 140-1.
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If he be not in love with some woman, there is no believing old signs. 'A brushes his hat o'mornings; what should that bode?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 2, l. 40-2. On Benedick sprucing himself up.
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Is not their climate foggy, raw, and dull, On whom, as in despite, the sun looks pale, Killing their fruit with frowns?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Constable, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 5, l. 16-8. On the English climate.
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O villain! Thou wilt be condemned into everlasting redemption for this.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 2, l. 56-7. Interrogating his prisoner, Borachio; he means to say "damnation," not "redemption."
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