William Shakespeare


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

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So our virtues lie in the interpretation of the time:

So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return. The Winter's Tale (Autolycus at IV, iv)

So wise so young, they say, do never live long. Richard III, Act iii, Scene 1

Some book there is that she desires to see. Which is it, girl, of these? Open them, boy. But thou art deeper read and better skilled: Come and take choice of all my library, And so beguile thy sorrow, till the heavens reveal the damned contriver of this deed. Titus Andronicus (Titus at IV, i)

Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated, the bird of dawning singeth all night long, and then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad, the nights are wholesome, then no planets strike, no fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm. So hallowed and so gracious is that time.

Sometimes when we are labeled, when we are branded our brand becomes our calling.

Speak comfortable words!

Speed. O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible, as a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a steeple! My master sues to her, and she hath taught her suitor, he being her pupil, to become her tutor. O excellent device! was there ever heard a better, that my master, being scribe, to himself should write the letter? Valentine. How now, sir? what are you reasoning with yourself? Speed. Nay, I was rhyming: 'tis you that have the reason.

She's noble born, and like her true nobility she has carried herself towards me.

Show me, my women, like a queen; go fetch my best attires. I am again for Cydnus to meet Mark Antony.

Since all is well, keep it so: wake not a sleeping wolf.

Since you know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself that of yourself which yet you know not of.

Sir, for a cardecue he will sell the fee simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it, and cut th' entail from all remainders, and a perpetual succession for it perpetually.

Sir, you have wrestled well, and overthrown more than your enemies.

Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast! Would I were sleep and peace, so sweet to rest.

Smile's a curve that sets things right.

So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle gently entwist; the female ivy so enrings the barky fingers of the elm. O how I love thee! How I dote on thee!

So Judas kiss'd his Master, and cried--All hail! when as he meant--all harm.

So please my lord, I might not be admitted; But from her handmaid do return this answer: The element itself, till seven years' heat, Shall not behold her face at ample view; But like a cloistress she will veiled walk, And water once a day her chamber round With eye-offending brine: all this to season A brother's dead love, which she would keep fresh And lasting in her sad remembrance.

So tedious is this day as is the night before some festival To an impatient child that hath new robes And may not wear them. Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

So work the honey-bees; creatures, by a rule in nature teach the art of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king and officers of sorts; where some, like magistrates, correct at home; others, like merchants, venture trade abroad; others, like soldiers, armed in their stings, make boot upon the summer's velvet buds; which pillage they, with merry march, bring home, to the tent royal of their emperor; who, busied in his majesty, surveys the singing masons building roofs of gold; the civil citizens kneading up the honey; the poor mechanic porters crowding in their heavy burdens at his narrow gate; the sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum, delivering o'er to executors pale the lazy yawning drone.

Some come to take their ease And sleep an act or two.

Some sins do bear their privilege on earth, And so doth yours; your fault was not your folly.

Soothsayer In Nature's infinite book of secrecy A little I can read.

Speak in a whisper, if you talk about love.

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