Shakespeare Quotes

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William Shakespeare
“You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare
“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“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.”
William Shakespeare, Great Sonnets

William Shakespeare
“To die, to sleep -
To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

William Shakespeare
“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare
“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.”
William Shakespeare, Sonnets

Neil Gaiman
“I know that David Tennant's Hamlet isn't till July. And lots of people are going to be doing Dr Who in Hamlet jokes, so this is just me getting it out of the way early, to avoid the rush...
"To be, or not to be, that is the question. Weeelll.... More of A question really. Not THE question. Because, well, I mean, there are billions and billions of questions out there, and well, when I say billions, I mean, when you add in the answers, not just the questions, weeelll, you're looking at numbers that are positively astronomical and... for that matter the other question is what you lot are doing on this planet in the first place, and er, did anyone try just pushing this little red button?”
Neil Gaiman

William Shakespeare
“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

William Shakespeare
“Et tu, Brute?”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“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!”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“Some are born great, others achieve greatness.”
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare
“Sweets to the sweet.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

William Shakespeare
“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.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

William Shakespeare
“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare
“All's well that ends well.”
William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

William Shakespeare
“Are you sure/That we are awake? It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream”
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

John Keats
“I have good reason to be content,
for thank God I can read and
perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.”
John Keats

William Shakespeare
“[Thine] face is not worth sunburning.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V

Emilie Autumn
“Some are born mad, some achieve madness, and some have madness thrust upon 'em.”
Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

Oscar Wilde
“Actors are so fortunate. They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears. But in real life it is different. Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications. Our Guildensterns play Hamlet for us, and our Hamlets have to jest like Prince Hal. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”
Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

William Shakespeare
“[Thou] mad mustachio purple-hued maltworms!”
William Shakespeare, Henry IV: Part 1

Dave Barry
“I believe it was Shakespeare, or possibly Howard Cosell, who first observed that marriage is very much like a birthday candle, in that 'the flames of passion burn brightest when the wick of intimacy is first ignited by the disposable butane lighter of physical attraction, but sooner or later the heat of familiarity causes the wax of boredom to drip all over the vanilla frosting of novelty and the shredded coconut of romance.' I could not have phrased it better myself.”
Dave Barry

Erin Morgenstern
“I am haunted by the ghost of my father, I think that should allow me to quote Hamlet as much as I please.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

William Shakespeare
“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?”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Gayle Forman
“But what if Shakespeare― and Hamlet― were asking the wrong question? What if the real question is not whether to be, but how to be?”
Gayle Forman, Just One Day

John Milton
“What needs my Shakespeare for his honoured bones,
The labor of an age in pilèd stones,
Or that his hallowed relics should be hid
Under a star-y-pointing pyramid?
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,
What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?”
John Milton, The Complete Poetry

William Shakespeare
“I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
“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.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

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