William Shakespeare


English Playwright, Poet, Most widely known Writer in English Literature

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Some of us will smart for it.

Sometimes we are devils ourselves, when we will tempt the frailty of our powers, presuming on their changeful potency.

Sparrows must not build in his house-eaves, because they are lecherous.

Speaking thick, which nature made his blemish, became the accents of the valiant; for those that could speak low and tardily would turn their own perfection to abuse to seem like him.

She's gone forever. I know when one is dead, and when one lives; she's dead as earth.

Show me a mistress that is passing fair, what doth her beauty serve but as a note where I may read who pass'd that passing fair?

Sin, death, and hell have set their marks on him, and all their ministers attend on him.

Since the torch is out, lie down and stray no further.

SIR TOBY BELCH: Pourquoi, my dear knight? SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK: What is "pourquoi?" Do, or not do? I would I had bestowed that time in the tongues that I have in fencing, dancing, and bear-baiting. O had I but followed the arts!

Sir, you and I must part, but that's not it; Sir, you and I have loved, but there's not it.

Slander's mark was ever yet the fair; the ornament of beauty is suspect, a crow that flies in heaven's sweetest air, so thou be good, slander doth but approve thy worth the greater.

Small things make base men proud.

So doth the greater glory dim the less: a substitute shines brightly as a king until a king be by.

So in every case. Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, - and the days are crawling, and that's really the book of life as we read the last syllable, and see what all of yesterday just lit the way to the grave dust. Dotlevay, candle! Life - is but a shadow, comedian, Poyasnichavshy half an hour on the scene and immediately forgotten, and this story, retold Which fool: There's a lot of words and passion, not just make sense.

So on the tip of his subduing tongue all kinds of arguments and question deep, all replication prompt and reason strong, for his advantage still did wake and sleep. To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep, he had the dialect and different skill, catching all passions in his craft of will; . . .

So sweet was ne'er so fatal. I must weep. But they are creul tears. This sorrow's heavenly; it strikes where it doth love.

So will I turn her virtue into pitch, and out of her own goodness make the net that shall enmesh them all.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em. Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Malvalio at II, v)

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall: Some run from breaks of ice, and answer none, And some condemned for a fault alone. Measure for Measure (Escalus at II, i)

Sometimes we see a cloud that's dragonish, a vapor sometimes like a bear or lion, a towered citadel, a pendant rock, a forked mountain, or blue promontory with trees upon 't that nod unto the world and mock our eyes with air. Thou hast seen these signs; they are black vesper's pageants. Antony and Cleopatra, Act iv, Scene 14

Speak but one rhyme, and I am satisfied; cry but—"Ay me!" pronounce but "love" and "dove."

Speaks three or four languages word for word without a book.

She's gone. I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her.

Show me the steep and thorny way.

Sin, that amends, is but patched with virtue.

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English Playwright, Poet, Most widely known Writer in English Literature