William Shakespeare Quotes & Wallpapers

William Shakespeare
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When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills, And I must minister the like to you. William Shakespeare

No, rather let my head Stoop to the block than theses knees bow to any Save to the God of heaven and to my king; And sooner dance upon a bloody pole Than stand uncovered to the vulgar groom. William Shakespeare

Trust me, sweet, Out of silence yet I picked a welcome, And in the modesty of fearful duty I read as much as from the rattling tongue Of saucy and audacious eloquence. William Shakespeare

Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven; Whilst, like a puff'd and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, And reeks not his own road. William Shakespeare

If there be more, more woeful, hold it in, For I am almost ready to dissolve, Hearing of this. William Shakespeare

Doubt not, my lord, I'll play the orator As if the golden fee for which I plead Were for myself - and so, my lord, adieu. William Shakespeare

If hearty sorrow be a sufficient ransom for offence, I tender it here; I do as truly suffer, as ever I did commit. William Shakespeare

No, truly, 'tis more than manners will; And I have heard it said, unbidden guests Are often welcomest when they are gone. William Shakespeare

I had rather be a dog and bay the moon Than such a Roman. William Shakespeare

A play there is, my lord, some ten words long, Which is as brief as I have known a play; But by ten words, my lord, it is too long, Which makes it tedious. William Shakespeare

O England! model to thy inward greatness, Like little body with a mighty heart, What mightst thou do that honour would thee do, Were all thy children kind and natural! William Shakespeare

Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content! Farewell the plumed troops, and the big wars That make ambition virtue. William Shakespeare

Dying like men, though buried in your dunghills, They shall be fam'd; for there the stun shall greet them, And draw their honors reeking up to heaven; Leaving their earthly parts to choke your clime. William Shakespeare

I charge thee, Satan, housed within this man, To yield possession to my holy prayers, And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight. I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. William Shakespeare

He was wont to speak plain and to the purpose, like an honest man and a soldier; and now is he turned orthography; his words are a very fantastical banquet - just so many strange dishes. William Shakespeare

You fools: I and my fellows Are ministers of Fate. The elements, Of whom your swords are tempered, may as well Wound the loud winds, or with bemocked-at stabs Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish One dowle that's in my plume. William Shakespeare

Was ever woman in this humor wooed? Was ever woman in this humor won? William Shakespeare

Who has a breast so pure but some uncleanly apprehensions keep leets and law-days and in session sit with meditations lawful? William Shakespeare

There is an old poor man Who after me hath many a weary step Limped in pure love. Till he be first sufficed, Oppressed with two weak evils, age and hunger, I will not touch a bit. William Shakespeare

May be he is not well. Infirmity doth neglect all office Whereto our health is bound. William Shakespeare

Painting is welcome. The painting is almost the natural man; For since dishonor traffics with man's nature He is but outside; these pencilled figures are Even such as they give out. William Shakespeare

Yet thanks I must you con That you are thieves professed, that you work not In holier shapes; for there is boundless theft In limited professions. William Shakespeare

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook Unless the deed go with it. William Shakespeare

What! we have many goodly days to see: The liquid drops of tears that you have shed Shall come again, transformed to orient pearl, Advantaging their love with interest Of ten times double gain of happiness. William Shakespeare

If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me; I had it from my father. William Shakespeare

The woosel cock so black of hue, With orange-tawny bill, The throstle with his note so true, The wren with little quill - ... The finch, the sparrow, and the lark, The plain-song cuckoo grey, Whose note full many a man doth mark, And dares not answer nay. William Shakespeare

You can play no part but Pyramus; for Pyramus is a sweet-faced man, a proper man as one shall see in a summer's day, a most lovely gentlemanlike man. William Shakespeare

Go in and cheer the town. We'll forth and fight; Do deeds worth praise and tell you them at night. William Shakespeare

Great griefs, I see, med'cine the less, for Cloten Is quite forgot. William Shakespeare

Unnatural deeds Do breed unnatural troubles. Infected minds To their deaf pillow will discharge their secrets. William Shakespeare

They do not abuse the king that flatter him. For flattery is the bellows blows up sin; The thing the which is flattered, but a spark To which that blast gives heat and stronger glowing; Whereas reproof, obedient and in order, Fits kings as they are men, for they may err. William Shakespeare

Diseased nature oftentimes breaks forth In strange eruptions; oft the teeming earth Is with a kind of colic pinched and vexed By the imprisoning of unruly wind Within the womb, which, for enlargement striving, Shakes the old beldame earth and topples down Steeples and mossgrown towers. William Shakespeare

Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear, Or, like a fairy, trip upon the green, Or, like a nymph, with long dishevelled hair, Dance on the sands, and yet no footing seen. Love is a spirit all compact of fire, Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire. William Shakespeare

Let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings: How some have been depos'd, some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have depos'd, Some poison'd by their wives, some sleeping kill'd, All murder'd. William Shakespeare

One that goes with him; I love him for his sake, And yet I know him a notorious liar, Think him a great way fool, solely a coward. Yet these fixed evils sit so fit in him That they take place when virtue's steely bones Look bleak i' th' cold wind; withal, full oft we see Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly. William Shakespeare

Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it for shame, And hang a calf's skin on those recreant limbs. William Shakespeare

What thou wouldst highly, That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win. William Shakespeare

Hark, hark! I hear The strain of strutting chanticleer Cry cock-a-diddle-dowe. William Shakespeare

Fate, show your force; ourselves we do not owe. What is decreed must be - and be this so! William Shakespeare

Would I were with him, wheresome'er he is, either in heaven or in hell! William Shakespeare

My May of life is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf; and that which should accompany old age, as honor, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have; but in their stead, curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath which the poor heart would fain deny and dare not. William Shakespeare

How irksome is this music to my heart! When such strings jar, what hope of harmony? William Shakespeare

Such a noise arose as the shrouds make at sea in a stiff tempest, as loud and to as many tunes, - hats, cloaks, doublets, I think, flew up; and had their faces been loose, this day they had been lost. William Shakespeare

Our poesy is as a Gum, which oozes From whence 'tis nourish'd: The fire i' the flint Shows not till it be struck; our gentle Flame Provokes itself, and, like the current, flies Each bound it chafes. William Shakespeare

What think you, if he were conveyed to bed, Wrapped in sweet clothes, rings put upon his fingers, A most delicious banquet by his bed, And brave attendants near him when he wakes, Would not the beggar then forget himself? William Shakespeare

You have seen Sunshine and rain at once - her smiles and tears Were like, a better way: those happy smilets That played on her ripe lip seemed not to know What guests were in her eyes, which parted thence As pearls from diamonds dropped. William Shakespeare

Love thyself last, cherish those hearts that hate thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty. William Shakespeare

The sweets we wish for, turn to loathed sours, Even in the moment that we call them ours. William Shakespeare

They are as gentle As zephyrs blowing below the violet, Not wagging his sweet head; and yet as rough, Their royal blood enchafed, as the rud'st wind That by the top doth take the mountain pine And make him stoop to th' vale. William Shakespeare

Here, here, and everywhere, he leaves and takes, Dexterity so obeying appetite That what he will he does, and does so much That proof is called impossibility. William Shakespeare

Proper deformity seems not in the fiend so horrid as in woman. William Shakespeare

A woman impudent and mannish grown Is not more loath'd than an effeminate man. William Shakespeare

Their perfume lost, Take these again, for to the noble mind Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. William Shakespeare

Prithee go hence, Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits Through th' ashes of my chance. William Shakespeare

These earthly godfathers of heaven's light, That give a name to every fixed star, Have no more profit of their shining nights Than those that walk and wot not what they are. William Shakespeare

Rather let my head Stoop to the block than these knees bow to any Save to the God of heaven and to my king. William Shakespeare

He is come to open The purple testament of bleeding war. William Shakespeare

Now I think on't, They should be good men, their affairs are righteous; But all hoods make not monks. William Shakespeare

Forty thousand brothers Could not with all their quantity of love Make up my sum. William Shakespeare

Gard'ner, for telling me these news of woe, Pray God the plants thou graft'st may never grow. William Shakespeare

The better sort, As thoughts of things divine, are intermixed With scruples, and do set the word itself Against the word: As thus, 'Come, little one,' and then again, 'It is as hard to come as for a camel To thread the postern of a small needle's eye. William Shakespeare

Come, we burn daylight, ho! Nay, that's not so. I mean, sir, in delay We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day. William Shakespeare

The king's a beggar, now the play is done. All is well ended if this suit be won, That you express content; which we will pay With strife to please you, day exceeding day. Ours be your patience then, and yours our parts; Your gentle hands lend us, and take our hearts. William Shakespeare

Then with the losers let it sympathize, For nothing can seem foul to those that win. William Shakespeare

She swore, i' faith, 'twas strange, 'twas passing strange; 'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful. William Shakespeare

When my love swears that she is made of truth I do believe her, though I know she lies, That she might think me some untutored youth. William Shakespeare

Left her in her tears, and dried not one of them with his comfort; swallowed his vows whole, pretending in her discoveries of dishonor; in few, bestowed here on her own lamentation, which she yet wears for his sake; and he, a marble to her tears, is washed with them, but relents not. William Shakespeare

Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck, And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes, And being thus frighted, swears a prayer or tow And sleeps again. William Shakespeare

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. William Shakespeare

A knavish speech sleeps in a fool's ear. William Shakespeare

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