William Shakespeare Quotes

Ten masts make not the altitude Which thou hast perpendicularly fell. Thy life's a miracle.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edgar, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 55. To his father, who thinks he has jumped off a cliff.
A goodly portly man, i'faith, and a corpulent, of a cheerful look, a pleasing eye, and a most noble carriage.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 422-4. Under cover of playing King Henry IV, he describes himself in flattering terms; "portly" means stately; "carriage" means bearing.
His bold head 'Bove the contentious waves he kept, and oared Himself with his good arms in lusty stroke To the shore.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Francisco, in The Tempest, act 2, sc. 1, l. 118-21. Describing Ferdinand swimming from the shipwreck.
Well, while I live I'll fear no other thing So sore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gratiano, in The Merchant of Venice, act 5, sc. 1, l. 306-7. Pleased to find Nerissa has the ring he thought he had given away, Gratiano exploits a sexual play on the word.
A man that Fortune's buffets and rewards Hath ta'en with equal thanks.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 67-8. Describing his friend Horatio.
I am not prone to weeping, as our sex Commonly are, the want of which vain dew Perchance shall dry your pities; but I have That honorable grief lodged here which burns Worse than tears drown.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hermione, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 1, l. 108-12. On being accused of adultery and sent to prison.
Virtue? a fig! 'tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 1, sc. 3, l. 319-21. "A fig!" Implies the scornful gesture of thrusting the thumb between the fist and second fingers.
That England, that was wont to conquer others, Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. John of Gaunt, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 1, l. 65-6. Criticizing Richard's corrupt mode of governing.
He hath a tear for pity, and a hand Open as day for melting charity.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 4, l. 31-2. Praising Prince Hal.
This day is called the Feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day and comes safe home Will stand a-tiptoe when this day is nam'd And rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours And say, "Tomorrow is Saint Crispian."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Henry V (IV, iii). FaPoR. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.