Shakespeare Quotes (Hamlet, 12th Night, Much Ado About Nothing)

“Who’s there?” Hamlet, Bernardo
“The observed of all observers” (describing Hamlet) Hamlet, Ophelia
“For if the King like not the comedy, Why then belike he likes it not, perdie” Hamlet, Hamlet
“Your noble son is mad— Mad call I it, for to define true madness, What is’t but to be nothing else but mad?” Hamlet, Polonius
There’s never a villain dwelling in all Denmark But he’s an arrant knave” Hamlet, Hamlet
“The rest is silence” (Quarto 2) Hamlet, Hamlet
“In heaven. Send thither to see. If your messenger find him not there, seek him i’th’ other place yourself. But indeed, if you find him not this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby” Hamlet, Hamlet
“Frailty, thy name is woman!” Hamlet, Hamlet
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” Hamlet, Polonius
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Hamlet, Gertrude
“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles” Hamlet, Hamlet
“If music be the food of love play on!” 12th Night, Orsino
“For such as I am, all true lovers are, Unstaid and skittish in all motions else Save in the constant image of the creature That is beloved” 12th Night, Orsino
“Most radiant, exquisite, and unmatchable beauty.—I pray you, tell me if this be the lady of the house, for I never saw her. I would be loath to cast away my speech, for besides that it is excellently well-penned, I have taken great pains to con it” 12th Night, Viola
“Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before ’tis a peascod, or a codling when ’tis almost an apple. ‘Tis with him in standing water between boy and man. He is very well favored, and he speaks very shrewishly. One would think his mother’s milk were scarce out of him.” (Describing cesario) 12th Night, Marvolio
“There is no woman’s sides Can bide the beating of so strong a passion As love doth give my heart. No woman’s heart So big, to hold so much. They lack retention. Alas, their love may be called appetite, No motion of the liver, but the palate, That suffer surfeit, cloyment, and revolt. But mine is all as hungry as the sea And can digest as much. Make no compare Between that love a woman can bear me And that I owe Olivia.” 12th Night, Orsino
“Art any more than a steward?” (to Cesario) 12th Night, Olivia
“I do not now fool myself to let imagination jade me, for every reason excites to this—that my lady loves me!” (hint: It’s not in Much Ado) 12th Night, Marvolio
“I am mad Or else the lady’s mad. Yet if ’twere so, She could not sway her house, command her followers, Take and give back affairs and their dispatch With such a smooth, discreet, and stable bearing As I perceive she does.” 12th Night, Sebastian
“Sometimes, he is a kind of puritan” 12th Night, Maria
“Journeys end in lovers’ meeting— Every wise man’s son doth know.” 12th Night, Feste
“I my brother know Yet living in my glass. Even such and so In favor was my brother, and he went Still in this fashion, color, ornament, For him I imitate” 12th Night, Viola
“Challenge me the Count’s youth to fight with him, hurt him in eleven places. My niece shall take note of it, and, assure thyself, there is no love-broker in the world can more prevail in man’s commendation with woman than report of valor” 12th Night, Sir Toby
“So comes it, lady, you have been mistook. But nature to her bias drew in that [nature followed her inclination]. You would have been contracted to a maid. Nor are you therein, by my life, deceived: You are betrothed both to a maid and man” 12th Night, Sebastian
“If nothing lets to make us happy both But this my masculine usurped attire, Do not embrace me till each circumstance Of place, time, fortune do cohere and jump That I am (insert name), which to confirm I’ll bring you to a captain in this town Where lie my maiden weeds…” 12th Night, Viola
“I pray you, how many hath he killed and eaten in these wars? But how many hath he killed? For indeed I promised to eat all of his killing.” (Mocking Benedict) Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice
“I have known when there was no music with him but the drum and the fife, and now had he rather hear the tabor and the pipe. I have known when he would have walked ten mile afoot to see a good armour, and now will he lie ten nights awake carving [designing] the fashion of a new doublet. 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” Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick
“I stood like a man at a mark, with a whole army shooting at me. She speaks poniards [daggers], and every word stabs” Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick
“When you went onward on this ended action, I looked upon her with a soldier’s eye That liked, but had a rougher task in hand Than to drive liking to the name of love. But now I am returned and that war thoughts Have left their places vacant—and in their rooms Come thronging soft and delicate desires, All prompting me how fair young Hero is, Saying, I liked her ere I went to wars.” Much Ado About Nothing, Claudio
“It better fits my blood to be disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any. In this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing villain” Much Ado about Nothing, Don John
“What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true? Stand I condemned for pride and scorn so much? Contempt, farewell; and maiden pride, adieu. No glory lives behind the back of such. And Benedick, love on. I will requite thee, Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand. If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee To bind our loves up in a holy band. For others say thou dost deserve, and I Believe it better than reportingly.” Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice
“Love me! Why, it must be requited. I hear how I am censured. They say I will bear myself proudly…They say too…I did never think to marry. I must not seem proud. Happy are they that hear their detractions and can put them to mending. They say the lady is fair. ‘Tis a truth, I can bear them witness” Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick
“Think not on him till tomorrow, I’ll devise thee brave punishments for him. Strike up, pipers.” Much Ado about Nothing, Benedick
“For hear me, Hero, wooing, wedding, and repenting is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinquepace. The first suit is hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig—and full as fantastical; the wedding mannerly modest, as a measure, full of state and ancientry. And then comes repentance, and with his bad legs falls into the cinquepace after and faster till he sink into his grave” Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice
“But mine, and mine I loved, and mine I praised, And mine that I was proud on, mine so much That I myself was to myself not mine Valuing of her—why she, O she is fallen Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea Hath drops too few to wash her clean again, And salt too little which may season give To her foul tainted flesh.” Much Ado about Nothing, Leonato
“Give not this rotten orange to your friend. She’s but the sign and semblance of her honor. Behold, how like a maid she blushes here! Oh, what authority and show of truth Can cunning sin cover itself withal!” Much Ado About Nothing, Claudio
“The play is the thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” Hamlet, Hamlet
“Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?” Hamlet, Hamlet

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