Twelfth Night, said by Orsino, Act I, scene I.
Crabbed age and youth cannot live together: Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of careWilliam ShakespeareThe Passionate Pilgrim: A Madrigal; there is some doubt about the authorship of this.
Give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Henry V (c. 1599), Act III, scene 7, line 161.
When I would pray and think, I think and pray To several subjects; Heaven hath my empty words.William ShakespeareMeasure for Measure (1603), Act II, scene 4, line 1.
'Tis all men's office to speak patience To those that wring under the load of sorrow, But no man's virtue nor sufficiency To be so moral when he shall endure The like himself.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99), Act V, scene 1, line 27.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, As You Like It (c.1599-1600), Act II, scene 7, line 139.
When love begins to sicken and decay, It useth an enforced ceremony, There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar (1599), Act IV, scene 2, line 20.
Welcome ever smiles, And farewell goes out sighing.William ShakespeareTroilus and Cressida (c. 1602), Act III, scene 3, line 168.
Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale (c. 1610-11), Act IV, scene 3, line 118.
By accident most strange, bountiful Fortune Now my dear lady hath mine enemies Brought to this shore; and by my prescience I find my zenith doth depend upon A most auspicious star, whose influence If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes Will ever after droop.William ShakespeareThe Tempest (c. 1604), Prospero, in Act I, scene ii
But I pray you, let none of your people stir me: I have an exposition of sleep come upon me.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (c. 1595-96), Act IV, scene 1, line 42.
If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act I, scene 3, line 47.
O, that her hand, In whose comparison all whites are ink, Writing their own reproach, to whose soft seizure The cygnet's down is harsh and spirit of sense Hard as the palm of ploughman.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida (c. 1602), Act I, scene 1, line 55.
Rudeness is a sauce to his good wit, Which gives men stomach to digest his words, With better appetite.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar (1599), Act I, scene 2, line 304.
The early village cock Hath twice done salutation to the morn.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Richard III (c. 1591), Act V, scene 3, line 209.
Bear from hence his body: And mourn you for him: let him be regarded As the most noble corse that ever herald Did follow to his urn.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Coriolanus (c. 1607-08), Act V, scene 6, line 143.
A table full of welcome makes scarce one dainty dish.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Act III, scene 1, line 23.
One woe doth tread upon another's heel So fast they follow.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act IV, scene 7, line 165.
Once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song .William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (c. 1595), Oberon, Act 2, scene i.
While the grass grows The proverb is something musty.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, scene 2, line 358.
Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway, Meeting the check of such another day.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I (c. 1597), Act V, scene 5, line 41.
O, I were damn'd beneath all depth in hell, But that I did proceed upon just grounds To this extremity.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Othello (c. 1603), Act V, scene 2, line 137
Speak with me, pity me, open the door: A beggar begs that never begg'd before.William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare, Richard II (c. 1595), Act V, scene 3, line 77.
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