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“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.”
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
“it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth
“His life was gentle; and the elements
So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
“To be or not to be that is the question.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“O, brave new world
that has such people in't!”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
“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.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Sonnet 29

When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd,
Desiring this man's art and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.”
William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets
“O, full of scorpions is my mind!”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth
“Love is not love which alters it when 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 wandering bark 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."

(Sonnet 116)
William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets
“The weight of this sad time we must obey,
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The oldest hath borne most: we that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
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!”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
“Sweet are the uses of adversity
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It
“Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted: and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none.

Beatrice: A dear happiness to women: they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me. -Much Ado About Nothing”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
“You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal: except my life, except my life, except my life.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better.”
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
tags: love
“What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?

Beatrice: Is it possible disdain should die while she hath
such meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick?”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
“True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air,
And more inconstant than the wind, who woos
Even now the frozen bosom of the north,
And, being anger'd, puffs away from thence,
Turning his side to the dew-dropping south.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt thou the sun doth move
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Out, damned spot! out, I say!”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth
“The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?”
William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
“Love is merely a madness.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It
tags: love
“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.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“This thing of darkness I
Acknowledge mine.”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
“The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
“Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know. ”
William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
“O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.

- Romeo -”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Thought is free.”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
“The Play's the Thing, wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet


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