As You Like It – Act 1 Quotes

‘he keeps me rustically at home’ Orlando to Adam
‘I am the youngest son of Sir Roland de Boys; he was my father, and he is thrice a villain that says such a father begot villeins.’ Orlando to Oliver
‘God be with my old master: he would not have spoke such a word.’ Adam to Oliver
‘they live like the old Robin Hood of England…and fleet the time carelessly as they did in the golden world.’ Charles to Oliver
‘the stubbornest young fellow of France, full of ambition, an envious emulator of every man’s good parts, a secret and villainous contriver’ Oliver, to Charles, on Orlando
‘he’s gentle, never schooled and yet learned, full of noble device, of all sorts enchantingly beloved’ Oliver in soliloquy, on Orlando
‘are you crept hither to see the wrestling?’ Duke Frederick to Celia and Rosalind
‘if I be foiled, there is but one shamed that was never gracious; if killed, but one dead that is willing to be so.’ Orlando to Celia and Rosalind
‘I shall do my friends no wrong, for I have none to lament me; the world no injury, for in it I have nothing; only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.’ Orlando to Celia and Rosalind
‘I would thou hadst been son to some man else; The world esteemed thy father honourable But I did find him still mine enemy.’ Duke Frederick to Orlando
‘My father loved Sir Roland as his soul And all the world was of my father’s mind.’ Rosalind to Orlando
‘one out of suits with Fortune, That could give more, but that her hand lacks means.’ Rosalind to Orlando
‘My better parts Are all thrown down’ Orlando in soliloquy
‘My pride fell with my fortunes’ Rosalind in soliloquy
‘Sir, you have wrestled well and overthrown More than your enemies.’ Rosalind to Orlando
‘Thus must I from the smoke into the smother, From tyrant duke unto a tyrant brother. But heavenly Rosalind’ Orlando in soliloquy
‘O how full of briars is this working-day world!’ Rosalind to Celia
‘Mistress, dispatch you with your safest haste And get you from our court.’ Duke Frederick to Rosalind
‘Thus do all traitors: If their purgation did consist in words, They are as innocent as grace itself.’ Duke Frederick to Rosalind
‘Thou art thy father’s daughter, there’s enough.’ Duke Frederick to Rosalind
‘We still have slept together, Rose at an instant, learned, played, eat together, And wheresoe’er we went, like Juno’s swans, Still we went coupled and inseparable.’ Celia to Duke Frederick
‘Thou art a fool: she robs thee of thy name And thou wilt show more bright and seem more virtuous When she is gone.’ Duke Frederick to Celia
‘Pronounce that sentence then on me, my liege, I cannot live out of her company.’ Celia to Duke Frederick
‘If you outstay the time, upon mine honour And in the greatness of my word, you die.’ Duke Frederick to Celia and Rosalind
‘I’ll put myself in poor and mean attire And with a kind of umber smirch my face; The like do you.’ Celia to Rosalind
‘Now go in we content, To liberty, and not to banishment.’ Celia to Rosalind

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