William Shakespeare Quotes

Caesar should be a beast without a heart If he should stay at home today for fear.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 2, l. 42-3. In spite of bad omens, he is determined to go to the Capitol.
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Do not presume too much upon my love, I may do that I shall be sorry for.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 63-4. Quarreling with Brutus.
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Claudius. But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son— Hamlet. [Aside] A little more than kin, and less than kind.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius and Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 64-5. "Cousin" means kinsman, here a nephew; Hamlet is more closely related than a nephew, since his uncle has married his mother, yet less close than a son, and not well disposed to Claudius.
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You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I Return those duties back as are right fit, Obey you, love you, and most honor you.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cordelia, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 96-8. Speaking to her father; the last line curiously echoes the marriage service.
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You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch, therefore bear you the lantern.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry to the first watchman, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 3. Venting one of his many malapropisms ("senseless" for sensible).
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The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Make instruments to plague us.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edgar, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 3, l. 171-2. Speaking to his half-brother, the dying Edmund, whose vices have led to his death, just as their father Gloucester's vices have brought about his blinding.
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A plague upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 2, l. 27-8. His companions have taken his horse, and Falstaff is too fat to walk far.
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Pause awhile, And let my counsel sway you in this case.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Friar Francis, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1, l. 200-1. Trying to help the distraught Leonato.
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Who riseth from a feast With that keen appetite that he sits down?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gratiano, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 6, l. 8-9.
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It is as easy as lying. Govern these ventages with your fingers and thumbs, give it breath with your mouth, and it will discourse most eloquent music.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 357-9. To Guildenstern, who cannot play the recorder; "ventages" are stops on the instrument.
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