- We cannot all be masters.
Act I, Scene i, line 43
- But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
Act I, Scene i, lines 64-65
- I am nothing if not critical.
Act II, Scene i, line 117
- If it were now to die,
'Twere now to be most happy.
Act II, Scene i, lines 189-190
- But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
Act II, Scene iii, line 243
- 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.
Act III, Scene iii, lines 157-161
- O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
Act III, Scene iii, lines 165-167
- If she be false, O then heaven mocks itself!
Act III, Scene iii, line 278
- Put out the light, and then put out the light.
Act V, Scene ii, line 7
- One that lov'd not wisely but too well.
Act V, Scene ii, line 344
- Truth hath a quiet breast.
Act I, Scene iii, line 96
- This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This prescious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England...
Act II, Scene i, lines 40-50
- The worst is death, and death will have his day.
Act III, Scene ii, line 103
- You may my glories and my state depose
But not my griefs; still am I king of those.
Act IV, Scene i, lines 192-193
- Now is the winter of our discontent
made glorious summer by this sun of York.
Act I, Scene i, lines 1-2
- Talkers are not good doers.
Act I, Scene iii, line 350
- By his face straight shall you know his heart.
Act II, Scene iv, line 53
- An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.
Act IV, Scene iv, lines 328
- True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings;
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
Act V, Scene ii, lines 23-24
- Let's lack no discipline, make no delay,
For lords, tomorrow is a busy day.
Act V, Scene iii, lines 17-18
- Be not afraid of shadows.
Act V, Scene iii, line 216
- Conscience is a word that cowards use,
Devised at first to keep the strong in awe.
Act V, Scene iii, lines 310-311
- A horse! A horse! my kingdom for a horse!
Act V, Scene iv, line 7
Romeo and Juliet
- He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
Act II, Scene ii, line 1
- But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Act II, Scene ii, lines 2-3
- O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Act II, Scene ii, line 33
- What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
Act II, Scene ii, lines 43-44
- Good-night, good-night! parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good-night till it be morrow.
Act II, Scene ii, lines 184-185
- Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.
Act II, Scene iii, line 94
- These violent delights have violent ends.
Act II, Scene vi, line 9
- A plague on both your houses!
They have made worm's meat of me.
Act III, Scene i, lines 108-109
- Death lies upon her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.
Act IV, Scene v, lines 28-29
- The time and my intents are more savage-wild
More fierce and more inexorable far
Than empty tigers or the roaring sea.
Act V, Scene iii, lines 37-39
The Taming of the Shrew
- There's small choice in rotten apples.
Act I, Scene i, line 18 [Hortensio]
- And, kiss me, Kate, we will be married o’ Sunday
Act II, Scene i, line 326 [Petruchio]
- Old fashions please me best.
Act III, Scene i, line 7 [Bianca]
- No profit grows where is no pleasure ta’en;
In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
Act I, scene i, lines 41-42, [Tranio]
- Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs.
Act I, scene ii, line 186, [Petruchio]
- And do as adversaries do in law,—
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
Act I, scene i, lines 257-258, [Tranio]
- Who wooed in haste, and means to wed at leisure.
Act III, scene ii, line 13, [Katharina]
- And thereby hangs a tale.
Act IV, scene i, line 22, [Grumio]
- Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
Even such a woman oweth to her husband.
Act V, scene ii, lines 173-174, [Kathatina]
- Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Act I, Scene ii, lines 397-402
- Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
Act II, Scene ii, line 40
- He that dies pays all debts.
Act III, Scene ii, line 136
- Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solomn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made of, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
Act IV, Scene i, lines 148-158
Timon of Athens
- The fire in the flint
Shows not till it be struck.
Act I, Scene i, lines 22-23
- We are not thieves, but men tht much do want.
Act V, Scene iii, line 422
Troilus and Cressida
- Her bed is India, there she lies, a pearl.
Act I, Scene i, line 100
- Men prize the thing ungain'd more than it is."
Act I, Scene ii, line 289
- Untune that string,
And hark what discord follows.
Act I, Scene iii, lines 109-110
- Modest doubt is call'd
The beacon of the wise.
Act II, Scene ii, lines 15-16
- Nature, what things there are
Most abject in regard, and dear in use!
What things again most dear in the esteem,
And poor in worth!
Act III, Scene iii, lines 127-130
- One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Act III, Scene iii, line 174
- But sometimes we are devils to ourselves,
When we will 'tempt the frailty of our powers."
Act IV, Scene iv, lines 95-96
- The error of our eye directs our mind."
Act V, Scene ii, line 110
- If music be the food of love, play on...
Act I, Scene i, line 1
- Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.
Act I, Scene v, line 19
- Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
Act I, Scene v, line 35
- Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and
Act II, Scene ii, line 114
- Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man's son doth know.
Act II,Scene iii, lines 44-45
- What is Love? 'Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure.
In delay there lies no plenty;
Then, come kiss me, sweet, and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.
Act II, Scene iii, lines 48-53
- But be not afraid of greatness; some men are born great, some achieve
greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Act II, Scene v, lines 143-144
- Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
Act III, scene i, line 158
- In nature there's no blemish but the mind;
None can be called deformed but the unkind.
Act III, Scene iv, lines 379-380
- And thus the whirlagig of time brings in his revenges.
Act V, Scene i, lines 378-379
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
- O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible,
As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a steeple!
Act II, Scnen i, lines 145-146
From the Poems and Sonnets
- When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste.
- All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.
- Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end.
- Oh, thou art fairer than the evening air
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.