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William Shakespeare Quotes

(1564-1616), British Poet, Playwright, Actor

How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere!

Category: Absence

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Category: Absence

Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings.

Category: Acting And Actors

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you -- tripping on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as Leif the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, the whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.

Category: Acting And Actors

If it were done when 'tis done, then t'were well. It were done quickly.

Category: Action

Suit the action to the world, the world to the action, with this special observance, that you overstep not the modesty of nature.

Category: Action

Be great in act, as you have been in thought.

Category: Action

Action is eloquence.

Category: Action

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.

Category: Action

I would there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the anciently, stealing, fighting.

Category: Adolescence

O curse of marriage that we can call these delicate creatures ours and not their appetites!

Category: Adultery

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

Category: Adversity

Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.

Category: Adversity

I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.

Category: Advice

I have lived long enough. My way of life is to fall into the sere, the yellow leaf, and that which should accompany old age, as honor, love, obedience, troops of friends I must not look to have.

Category: Age And Aging