Shakespeare Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes from Shakespeare
  1. #1
    “You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
  2. #2
    “O curse of marriage,
    That we can call these delicate creatures ours
    And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad
    And live upon the vapor of a dungeon
    Than keep a corner in the thing I love
    For others’ uses. Yet ‘tis the plague of great ones;
    Prerogatived are they less than the base.
    ‘Tis destiny unshunnable, like death.
    Even then this forked plague is fated to us
    When we do quicken.”
  3. #3
    “She, in spite of nature,
    Of years, of country, credit, every thing,
    To fall in love with what she feared to look on!
    It is a judgment maimed and most imperfect
    That will confess perfection so could err
    Against all rules of nature.”
  4. #4
    “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy:
    It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
    The meat it feeds on.”
  5. #5
    “She loved me for the dangers I had passed,
    And I loved her that she did pity them.”
  6. #6
    “And it is very much lamented,...
    That you have no such mirrors as will turn
    Your hidden worthiness into your eye
    That you might see your shadow.”
  7. #7
    “Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.”
  8. #8
    “When beggars die, there are no comets seen;
    The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”
  9. #9
    “Not that I lov’d Caesar less, but that I lov’d Rome more.”
  10. #10
    “His life was gentle; and the elements
    So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up
    And say to all the world, ‘This was a man!‘”
  11. #11
    “The brain may
    devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps
    o’er a cold decree.”
  12. #12
    “Tell me where is fancy bred,
    Or in the heart, or in the head?”
  13. #13
    “One half of me is yours, the other half yours,
    Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours,
    And so all yours.”
  14. #14
    “To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,
    mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what’s his reason?”
  15. #15
    “The man that hath no music in himself,
    Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
    Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils;
    The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
    And his affections dark as Erebus.
    Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.”
  16. #16
    “But love is blind and lovers cannot see
    The pretty follies that themselves commit”
  17. #17
    “I am not bound to please thee with my answers.”
  18. #18
    “All that glisters is not gold;
    Often have you heard that told:
    Many a man his life hath sold
    But my outside to behold:
    Gilded tombs do worms enfold.”
  19. #19
    “We will have rings, and things, and fine array.”
  20. #20
    “Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
    Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee,
    And for thy maintenance; commits his body
    To painful labor, both by sea and land;
    To watch the night in storms, the day in cold.”
  21. #21
    “There’s small choice in rotten apples.”
  22. #22
    “I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband.”
  23. #23
    “Happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending.”
  24. #24
    “Love me! Why, it must be requited.”
  25. #25
    “Why, what’s the matter,
    That you have such a February face,
    So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?”
  26. #26
    “Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best becomes you.”
  27. #27
    “Pardon me: I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.”
  28. #28
    “There’s not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself.”
  29. #29
    “He that hath a beard is more than a youth; and he that hath no beard is less than a man: and he that is more than a youth is not for me; and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.”
  30. #30
    “I do love nothing in the world so well as you:
    is not that strange?”
  31. #31
    “I had rather hear my dog bark
    at a crow than a man swear he loves me.”
  32. #32
    “So quick bright things come to confusion.”
  1. #33
    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
    And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.”
  2. #34
    “Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.”
  3. #35
    “Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”
  4. #36
    “Turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun.”
  5. #37
    “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
    Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
    Who is already sick and pale with grief,
    That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
    Be not her maid, since she is envious;
    Her vestal livery is but sick and green
    And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
    It is my lady, O, it is my love!
    Oh, that she knew she were!”
  6. #38
    “Romeo: I dreamt a dream tonight.
    Mercutio: And so did I.
    Romeo: Well, what was yours?
    Mercutio: That dreamers often lie.
    Romeo: In bed asleep while they do dream things true.”
  7. #39
    “A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
    The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head:
    Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
    Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished:
    For never was a story of more woe
    Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
  8. #40
    “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
    Being purg’d, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
    Being vex’d, a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears;
    What is it else? A madness most discreet,
    A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”
  9. #41
    “You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings
    and soar with them above a common bound.”
  10. #42
    “My only love sprung from my only hate.”
  11. #43
    “Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
    O any thing, of nothing first create!
    O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
    Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,
    Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
    Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
    This love feel I, that feel no love in this.”
  12. #44
    “Oh, I am fortune’s fool!”
  13. #45
    “There’s an old saying that applies to me: you can’t lose a game if you don’t play the game.”
  14. #46
    “O, here
    Will I set up my everlasting rest,
    And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
    From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
    Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
    The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
    A dateless bargain to engrossing death!”
  15. #47
    “I defy you, stars.”
  16. #48
    “Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.”
  17. #49
    “These violent delights have violent ends.”
  18. #50
    “If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.”
  19. #51
    “See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
    O, that I were a glove upon that hand
    That I might touch that cheek!”
  20. #52
    “Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
    Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
    Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    And he will make the face of heaven so fine
    That all the world will be in love with night...”
  21. #53
    “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”
  22. #54
    “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”
  23. #55
    “Two households, both alike in dignity
    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
    Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
    From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
    A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life
    Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
    Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.”
  24. #56
    “Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?”
  25. #57
    “Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is!”
  26. #58
    “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
  27. #59
    “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”
  28. #60
    “Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
    That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
  29. #61
    “thus with a kiss I die”
  30. #62
    “Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”
  31. #63
    “My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
    My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
    The more I have, for both are infinite.”
  32. #64
    “Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
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Spot Loves His Daddy book
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  1. #65
    “You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal: except my life, except my life, except my life.”
  2. #66
    “The Devil hath power
    To assume a pleasing shape.”
  3. #67
    “Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting
    That would not let me sleep.”
  4. #68
    “The rest, is silence.”
  5. #69
    “I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
  6. #70
    “To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.”
  7. #71
    “So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
    It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”
  8. #72
    “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
  9. #73
    “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.”
  10. #74
    “Words, words, words.”
  11. #75
    “If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.”
  12. #76
    “Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.”
  13. #77
    “When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!”
  14. #78
    “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
  15. #79
    “Listen to many, speak to a few.”
  16. #80
    “To be, or not to be: that is the question:
    Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
    To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause: there’s the respect
    That makes calamity of so long life;
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
    The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
    The insolence of office and the spurns
    That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
    When he himself might his quietus make
    With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?
    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
    And enterprises of great pith and moment
    With this regard their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
    The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
    Be all my sins remember’d!”
  17. #81
    “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
  18. #82
    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”
  19. #83
    “Love is holy.”
  20. #84
    “He kills her in her own humor.”
  21. #85
    “Antonio: Will you stay no longer? nor will you not that I go with you?
    Sebastian: By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly over me; the malignancy of my fate might, perhaps, distemper yours; therefore I shall crave of you your leave that I may bear my evils alone. It were a bad recompense for your love to lay any of them on you.”
  22. #86
    “O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful! And yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping.”
  23. #87
    “Yet but three come one more.
    Two of both kinds make up four.
    Ere she comes curst and sad.
    Cupid is a knavish lad.
    Thus to make poor females mad.”
  24. #88
    “True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings.”
  25. #89
    “You are thought here to the most senseless and fit man for the job.”
  26. #90
    “Life... is a paradise to what we fear of death.”
  27. #91
    “Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
    May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
    Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
    Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,
    But be the serpent under’t.”
  28. #92
    “Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.”
  29. #93
    “I have no spur
    To prick the sides of my intent, but only
    Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself
    And falls on the other.”
  30. #94
    “And therefore, — since I cannot prove a lover,
    To entertain these fair well-spoken days, —
    I am determined to prove a villain,
    And hate the idle pleasures of these days.”
  31. #95
    “The Play’s the Thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.”
  32. #96
    “Sweet are the uses of adversity
    Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
    Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”
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Always Neverland book
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Dream Away
The Way Back Home book
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The Way Back Home
Paris book
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Light Up the Stars! book
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Light Up the Stars!
  1. #97
    “Thou art a very ragged Wart.”
  2. #98
    “Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”
  3. #99
    “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.”
  4. #100
    “All causes shall give way: I am in blood
    Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,
    Returning were as tedious as go o’er.”
  5. #101
    “All’s well that ends well.”
  6. #102
    “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”
  7. #103
    “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”
  8. #104
    “Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
    Hamlet: Words, words, words.
    Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord?
    Hamlet: Between who?
    Lord Polonius: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.”
  9. #105
    “Sweets to the sweet.”
  10. #106
    “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
  11. #107
    “Et tu, Brute?”
  12. #108
    “Conscience doth make cowards of us all.”
  13. #109
    “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
  14. #110
    “To die, to sleep -
    To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there’s the rub,
    For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”
  15. #111
    “My soul is in the sky.”
  16. #112
    “Say she rail; why, I’ll tell her plain
    She sings as sweetly as a nightingale.
    Say that she frown; I’ll say she looks as clear
    As morning roses newly wash’d with dew.
    Say she be mute and will not speak a word;
    Then I’ll commend her volubility,
    and say she uttereth piercing eloquence.”
  17. #113
    “Under loves heavy burden do I sink.
  18. #114
    “The poorest service is repaid with thanks.”
  19. #115
    “Love is blind.”
  20. #116
    “How far that little candle throws his beams!
    So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”
  21. #117
    “... and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.”
  22. #118
    “Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
    And be it moon, or sun, or what you please.
    And if you please to call it a rush candle,
    Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.”
  23. #119
    “An evil soul producing holy witness
    Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
    A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
    O what a goodly outside falsehood hath!”
  24. #120
    “O, teach me how you look, and with what art
    You sway the motion of Demetrius’ heart.”
  25. #121
    “But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
    It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
    It is an attribute to God himself;
    And earthly power doth then shew likest Gods
    When mercy seasons justice.”
  26. #122
    “I must be cruel only to be kind;
    Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.”
  27. #123
    “If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”
  28. #124
    “Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.”
  29. #125
    “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”
  30. #126
    “Had you been as wise as bold,
    Young in limbs, in judgement old,
    Your answer had not been inscrolled.
    Fare you well, your suit is cold.”
  31. #127
    “Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once.”
  32. #128
    “Suffer love,--a good epithet! I do suffer love indeed, for I love thee against my will.”
  1. #129
    “Let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me.”
  2. #130
    “Seeing too much sadness hath congeal’d your blood,
    And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.”
  3. #131
    “Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life,
    An awful rule and right supremacy;
    And, to be short, what not that’s sweet and happy.”
  4. #132
    “In spite of your heart, I think; alas, poor heart! If you spite it for my sake, I will spite it for yours; for I will never love that which my friend hates.”
  5. #133
    “If she do bid me pack, I’ll give her thanks
    As though she bid me stay by her a week.
    If she deny to wed, I’ll crave the day
    When I shall ask the banns, and when be married.”
  6. #134
    “Lucentio: I read that I profess, the Art of Love.
    Bianca: And may you prove, sir, master of your art!
    Lucentio: While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my heart!”
  7. #135
    “Better once than never, for never too late.”
  8. #136
    “Tis hatch’d and shall be so.”
  9. #137
    “So fair and foul a day I have not seen.”
  10. #138
    “Macbeth: How does your patient, doctor?
    Doctor: Not so sick, my lord, as she is troubled with thick-coming fancies that keep her from rest.
    Macbeth: Cure her of that! Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with some sweet oblivious antidote cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff which weighs upon her heart.
    Doctor: Therein the patient must minister to himself.”
  11. #139
    “My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white.”
  12. #140
    “It provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.”
  13. #141
    “Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.”
  14. #142
    “O, full of scorpions is my mind!”
  15. #143
    “When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.”
  16. #144
    “Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.”
  17. #145
    “Where shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won”
  18. #146
    “I dare do all that may become a man;
    Who dares do more, is none”
  19. #147
    “Fair is foul, and foul is fair, hover through fog and filthy air.”
  20. #148
    “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
    Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
    Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
    ’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
    But he that filches from me my good name
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed.”
  21. #149
    “Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
  22. #150
    “What’s done cannot be undone.”
  23. #151
    “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
  24. #152
    “Life ... is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
  25. #153
    “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
  26. #154
    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
  27. #155
    “O teach me how I should forget to think.”
  28. #156
    “All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven.
    ‘Tis gone.
    Arise, black vengeance, from the hollow hell!”
  29. #157
    “The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.”
  30. #158
    “Ay, let her rot, and perish and be damned
    tonight, for she shall not live. No, my heart is turned
    to stone. I strike it, and it hurts my hand. O, the
    world hath not a sweeter creature! She might lie by
    an emperor’s side and command him tasks.”
  31. #159
    “Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights;
    Four nights will quickly dream away the time.”
  32. #160
    “Peace! I will stop your mouth.”
  1. #161
    “By the pricking of my thumbs,
    Something wicked this way comes.”
  2. #162
    “I am glad I have found this napkin.
    This was her first remembrance from the Moor.
    My wayward husband hath a hundred times
    Wooed me to steal it. But she so loves the token
    (For he conjured her she should ever keep it)
    That she reserves it evermore about her
    To kiss and talk to. I’ll have the work ta’en out
    And give ‘t Iago. What he will do with it
    Heaven knows, not I.
    I nothing but to please his fantasy.”
  3. #163
    “O me! -- you juggler! you canker-blossom!
    You thief of love!”
  4. #164
    “I will not trust you, I,
    Nor longer stay in your curst company.
    Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray,
    My legs are longer though, to run away.”
  5. #165
    “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”
  6. #166
    “This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
  7. #167
    “I[f] we shadows have offended,
    Think but this, and all is mended,
    That you have but slumber’d here,
    While these visions did appear,
    And this weak and idle theme,
    No more yielding, but a dream.”
  8. #168
    “O! why rebuke you him that loves you so?
    Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe.”
  9. #169
    “Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne’er be younger.”
  10. #170
    “Take pains. Be perfect.”
  11. #171
    “For you, in my respect, are all the world.
    Then how can it be said I am alone
    When all the world is here to look on me?”
  12. #172
    “I am asham’d that women are so simple
    To offer war where they should kneel for peace,
    Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,
    When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
    Why are our bodies soft, and weak, and smooth,
    Unapt to toil and trouble in the world,
    But that our soft conditions and our hearts
    Should well agree with our external parts?”
    Taming of the Shrew
  13. #173
    “He loves no plays, . . . he hears no music;
    Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort
    As if he mock’d himself and scorn’d his spirit
    That could be moved to smile at any thing.”
  14. #174
    “He reads much;
    He is a great observer; and he looks
    Quite through the deeds of men.”
  15. #175
    “He reads much;
    He is a great observer; and he looks
    Quite through the deeds of men.”
  16. #176
    “You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!”
  17. #177
    “I have not slept.
    Between the acting of a dreadful thing
    And the first motion, all the interim is
    Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream:
    The Genius and the mortal instruments
    Are then in council; and the state of man,
    Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
    The nature of an insurrection.”
  18. #178
    “O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
    That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!”
  19. #179
    “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.”
  20. #180
    “Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou what course thou wilt.”
  21. #181
    “I love the name of honour more than I fear death.”
  22. #182
    “Let me have men about me that are fat... Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.”
  23. #183
    “But I am constant as the Northern Star,
    Of whose true fixed and resting quality
    There is no fellow in the firmament.”
  24. #184
    “And since you know you cannot see yourself,
    so well as by reflection, I, your glass,
    will modestly discover to yourself,
    that of yourself which you yet know not of.”
  25. #185
    “And sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow’s eye,
    Steal me a while from mine own company.”
  26. #186
    “I see a woman may be made a fool,
    If she had not a spirit to resist.”
  27. #187
    “There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.”
  28. #188
    “O serpent heart hid with a flowering face!
    Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave?
    Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest - A dammed saint, an honourable villain!”
  29. #189
    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
    But in ourselves.”
  30. #190
    “There is a tide in the affairs of men,
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.”
  31. #191
    “Thus I die. Thus, thus, thus.
    Now I am dead,
    Now I am fled,
    My soul is in the sky.
    Tongue, lose thy light.
    Moon take thy flight.
    Now die, die, die, die.”
  32. #192
    “Beware the ides of March.”
  1. #193
    “Cry ‘havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war.”
  2. #194
    “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
    Like a Colossus; and we petty men
    Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
    To find ourselves dishonourable graves.”
  3. #195
    “So we grew together,
    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition,
    Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.”
  4. #196
    “No profit grows where is no pleasure ta’en”
  5. #197
    “There is no vice so simple but assumes
    Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.”
  6. #198
    “By my soul I swear
    There is no power in the tongue of man
    To alter me.”
  7. #199
    “Are you sure
    That we are awake? It seems to me
    That yet we sleep, we dream.”
  8. #200
    “I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell,
    To die upon the hand I love so well.”
  9. #201
    “If to do were as easy as to know what were good to
    do, chapels had been churches and poor men’s
    cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that
    follows his own instructions: I can easier teach
    twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the
    twenty to follow mine own teaching.”
  10. #202
    “God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.”
  11. #203
    “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
  12. #204
    “O, then, what graces in my love do dwell,
    That he hath turn’d a heaven unto a hell!”
  13. #205
    “Therefore, another prologue must tell he is not a lion”
  14. #206
    “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
  15. #207
    “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
  16. #208
    “Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.
    Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,
    Yet Grace must still look so.”
  17. #209
    “Let heaven and men and devils, let them all,
    All, all, cry shame against me, yet I’ll speak.”
  18. #210
    “My noble father,
    I do perceive here a divided duty.
    To you I am bound for life and education.
    My life and education both do learn me
    How to respect you. You are the lord of duty.
    I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my
    And so much duty as my mother showed
    To you, preferring you before her father,
    So much I challenge that I may profess
    Due to the Moor my lord.”
  19. #211
    “Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.”
  20. #212
    “Our bodies are our gardens,
    to the which our wills are gardeners.”
    Human Nature
  21. #213
    “But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
    For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.”
  22. #214
    “This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
  23. #215
    “Though I do hate him as I do hell pains,
    Yet, for necessity of present life,
    I must show out a flag and sign of love—
    Which is indeed but sign.”
  24. #216
    “Love moderately. Long love doth so.
    Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.”
  25. #217
    “The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones.”
  26. #218
    “Men at some time are masters of their fates.”
  27. #219
    “It is a good divine that
    follows his own instructions.”
  28. #220
    “Love me or hate me, both are in my favour. If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart... If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.”
  29. #221
    “By my soul I swear, there is no power in the tongue of man to alter me.”
  30. #222
    “Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments. Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove.
    O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wand’ring barque,
    Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
    Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”
  31. #223
    “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
  32. #224
    “Demand me nothing. What you know, you know.
    From this time forth I never will speak word.”
  1. #225
    “Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow
    Never to woo her more, but do forswear her,
    As one unworthy all the former favours
    That I have fondly flatter’d her withal.”
  2. #226
    “Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady. Would ‘twere done.”
  3. #227
    “This is a way to kill a wife with kindness,
    And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humour.
    He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
    Now let him speak. ‘Tis charity to show.”
  4. #228
    “Hearing thy mildness prais’d in every town,
    Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,--
    Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,--
    Myself am mov’d to woo thee for my wife.”
  5. #229
    “If I be waspish, best beware my sting.”
  6. #230
    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
  7. #231
    “There was a star danced, and under that was I born.”
  8. #232
    “Tell me for which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?”
  9. #233
    “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. ”
  10. #234
    “Educated men are so impressive!”
  11. #235
    “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
  12. #236
    “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
  13. #237
    “The love that follows us sometime is our trouble, which still we thank as love.”
  14. #238
    “My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,
    Or else my heart, concealing it, will break.”
  15. #239
    “Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds,
    That shake not, though they blow perpetually.”
  16. #240
    “The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
    It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”
  17. #241
    “These violent delights have violent ends
    And in their triump die, like fire and powder
    Which, as they kiss, consume.”
  18. #242
    “He hath disgraced me, and
    hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,
    mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my
    bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine
    enemies; and what’s his reason? I am a Jew.”
  19. #243
    “I kissed thee ere I killed thee: no way but this,
    Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.”
  20. #244
    “Some are born great, others achieve greatness.”
  21. #245
    “Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
    Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet,
    And I am proof against their enmity.”
  22. #246
    “Why should you think that I should woo in scorn?
    Scorn and derision never come in tears:
    Look, when I vow, I weep; and vows so born,
    In their nativity all truth appears.
    How can these things in me seem scorn to you,
    Bearing the badge of faith to prove them true?”
  23. #247
    “O Judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason!”
  24. #248
    “I would my horse had the speed of your tongue.”
  25. #249
    “For which of my good parts did you first suffer love for me?”
  26. #250
    “She moves me not, or not removes at least,
    Affection’s edge in me.”
  27. #251
    “Then must you speak
    Of one that loved not wisely but too well.”
  28. #252
    “Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.”
  29. #253
    “Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death but once.
    Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
    It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
    Seeing that death, a necessary end,
    Will come when it will come.”
  30. #254
    “The sweetest honey is loathsome in its own deliciousness. And in the taste destroys the appetite. Therefore, love moderately.”
  31. #255
    “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”
  32. #256
    “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
    Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    And too often is his gold complexion dimm’d:
    And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
    By chance or natures changing course untrimm’d;
    By thy eternal summer shall not fade,
    Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
    Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
  33. #257
    “Let him do his spite.
    My services which I have done the signiory
    Shall out-tongue his complaints. ‘Tis yet to know
    (Which, when I know that boasting is an honor,
    I shall promulgate) I fetch my life and being
    From men of royal siege, and my demerits
    May speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune
    As this that I have reached.”
  34. #258
    “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see.
    She has deceived her father, and may thee.”
  35. #259
    “Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
    Men were deceivers ever,
    One foot in sea and one on shore,
    To one thing constant never.”
  36. #260
    “But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”
  37. #261
    “I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano;
    A stage where every man must play a part,
    And mine a sad one.”
  38. #262
    “False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”
  39. #263
    “...Who could refrain,
    That had a heart to love, and in that heart
    Courage to make love known?”
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