Sunday, April 29, 2007

Favorite Shakespeare Quotes

Here are some of my favorite Shakespeare quotes (feel free to share yours):

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet. ACT I Sc. 5.

"Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love." Hamlet. ACT II Sc. 2.

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments: love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds." Sonnet CXVI

"O, how this spring of love resembleth the uncertain glory
of an April day." Two G of V, ACT I Sc.3

"Good night, good night ! parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow." Rom & Jul, ACT 2, Sc.2

"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." Merchant of Venice, ACT IV, 1

"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;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife." Romeo and Juliet, ACT I, Prologue

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest--
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men--
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me." Julius Caesar, ACT III, sc. 2 Share


Lylia M said...

This has always been a favorite of mine:

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

elena maria vidal said...

That is beautiful, Lylia, thank you!

Anonymous said...

From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;They are the books, the arts, the academes,That show, contain, and nourish all the world.
—Loves Labours Lost (Act 4, Scene 3)

Anonymous said...

"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." from the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

elena maria vidal said...

I did not know that quote, archangelmr!

That is one of my favorites, too, wordsmith!

Anonymous said...

The excerpt from Julius Caesar has been bowdlerized over the years to the well-known aphorism "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man dies but once."

Like many enduring, popular expressions and "truisms," however, most folks have no idea that they're quoting from either holy scripture...or Shakespeare.

P.L. Frederick said...

If you'd like a little light-heartedness, let me know what you think about the alleged controversy surrounding his gingerbread quotation at Shakespeare, Spelling, And 1¢ Gingerbread.

P.L. Frederick
Small and Big

TVGal said...

does anyone know which play this quote comes from please?

"Thou art thy Mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her Prime"

Thank you

elena maria vidal said...

Sorry, I don't!