William Shakespeare Quotes

You are come in very happy time To bear my greeting to the senators And tell them that I will not come today.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 2, l. 60-2. To Decius, who has come to fetch him to the senate chamber.
Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 93-5. Trying to persuade Casca that they will have no freedom under Caesar.
Why should we in our peevish opposition Take it to heart?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 100-1. Suggesting Hamlet is perverse in continuing to mourn for his father.
Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides, Who covers faults at last shame them derides.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cordelia, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 280-1. Compare the proverb, "Time brings truth to light"; "plighted" means pleated.
Come, I'll be friends with thee, Jack. Thou art going to the wars, and whether I shall ever see thee again or no, there is nobody cares.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Doll Tearsheet, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 65-8. Bidding goodbye to Falstaff.
How fearful And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low! The crows and choughs that wing the midway air Show scarce so gross as beetles. Half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edgar, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 11-15. Imagining the prospect from the cliffs at Dover; "choughs" means crows or jackdaws; "gross" means large; samphire is a herb used in pickling.
Now comes in the sweetest morsel of the night, and we must hence and leave it unpicked.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 367-8. Summoned to the wars, he cannot go to bed with Doll Tearsheet; "unpicked" means ungathered.
A lover may bestride the gossamers That idles in the wanton summer air, And yet not fall; so light is vanity.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Friar Lawrence, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 6, l. 18-20. On Juliet's arrival, "light of foot"; "wanton" means playful.
Let me play the fool, With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gratiano, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 1, l. 79-80. Preferring to enjoy life, and rejecting Antonio's melancholy.
They are actions that a man might play, But I have that within which passes show, These but the trappings and the suits of woe.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 84-6. "Actions" means outward forms of mourning.