William Shakespeare Quotes

For conspiracy, I know not how it tastes, though it be dished For me to try how.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hermione, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 2, l. 71-3. Defending herself in court against accusations that she conspired with Camillo.
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He that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 159-61. Provoking Othello to be suspicious of Desdemona.
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They say the tongues of dying men Enforce attention like deep harmony. Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain, For they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. John of Gaunt, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 1, l. 5-8. It was proverbial that "dying men speak true."
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Most subject is the fattest soil to weeds.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 4, l. 54. "Fattest" means richest, best; the "weeds" refer to Prince Hal's base companions.
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From camp to camp, through the foul womb of night, The hum of either army stilly sounds, That the fixed sentinels almost receive The secret whispers of each other's watch. Fire answers fire, and through their play flames Each battle sees the other's umbered face. Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs Piercing the night's dull ear; and from the tents The armorers accomplishing the knights, With busy hammers closing rivets up, Give dreadful note of preparation.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Henry V (IV, Prologue). "Stilly" means softly; the "foul womb" will give birth to battle at dawn. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me; I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7, l. 54-9. To Macbeth, who is hesitating about murdering Duncan.
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Is there any cause in nature that make these hard hearts?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 6, l. 77-8.
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Now good digestion wait on appetite, And health on both!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 37-8.
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Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated, This bird of dawning singeth all night long, And then they say no spirit dare stir abroad, The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike, No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm, So hallowed, and so gracious, is that time.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Marcellus, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 158-64. "Bird of dawning" means the cock; "takes" means bewitches.
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For this I shall have time enough to mourn.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Northumberland, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 136. Bad news prompts him to action, and to put off mourning.
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