Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as
Nature must obey necessity. [Julius Caesar]
We were not born to sue, but to command.
O comfort-killing night, image of hell, dim register and notary of shame,
black stage for tragedies and murders fell, vast sin-concealing chaos, nurse
Remembrance of things past.
Every good servant does not all commands.
Thou seest I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty.
Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-headed men and such as sleep
a-nights. Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such
men are dangerous.
How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes deeds ill done!
Pain pays the income of each precious thing.
One pain is lessened by another's anguish.
What is past is prologue.
We have seen better days.
Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done.
Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.
That which in mean men we entitle patience is pale cold cowardice in noble
How poor are they that have not patience. What wound did ever heal but by
Who can be patient in extremes? [Henry Vi]
A peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
I am a kind of burr; I shall stick.
Philosophers and Philosophy
For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in
Soft pity enters an iron gate.
If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to
You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable
of the watch, therefore bear you the lantern.
What we determine we often break. Purpose is but the slave to memory.
Every why has a wherefore.
And where the offence is, let the great axe fall.
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people.
Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted
sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with some sweet
oblivious antidote cleanse the fraught bosom of that perilous stuff which
weighs upon the heart?
The proverb is something musty.
Beware of the ides of March.
He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.
In delay there lies no plenty.
Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.
Man, proud man, drest in a little brief authority, most ignorant of what
he's most assur d, glassy essence, like an angry ape, plays such fantastic
tricks before high heaven, as make the angels weep.
Preachers and Preaching
But, good my brother, do not, as some ungracious pastors do. Show me the
steep and thorny way to heaven whilst like a puffed and reckless libertine
himself the primrose path of dalliance treads and wrecks not his own.
Bow, stubborn knees!
There's not one wise man among twenty will praise himself.
Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.
Poverty and The Poor
O world, how apt the poor are to be proud!
Lord we may know what we are, but know not what we may be.
For he was likely, had he been put on, to have proved most royally.
My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give thee,
the more I have, For both are infinite
I durst not laugh for fear of opening my lips and receiving the bad air.
Politicians and Politics
There have been many great men that have flattered the people who never
A politician is one that would circumvent God.
Get thee glass eyes, and like a scurvy politician, seem to see the things
thou dost not.
To be or not to be that is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to
suffer the stings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take up arms against
a sea of troubles, and by opposing them, end them.
The course of true love never did run smooth.
Who is so firm that can't be seduced?
For I am full of spirit and resolve to meet all perils very constantly.
Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I ha lost my reputation, I ha lost
the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!
Let's not burden our remembrance with a heaviness that's gone.
Sure, he, that made us with such large discourse, looking before and after,
gave us not that capability and god-like reason, to fast in us unused.
Strong reasons make strong actions.
Nothing will come of nothing.
Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winter's rages. Thou thy
worldly task hast done, home art gone and taken thy wages.
Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the
running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.
If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you
poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
O, what a world of vile ill-favored faults, looks handsome in three hundred
pounds a year!
The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.
Virtue is bold and goodness never fearful.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Security is the chief enemy of mortals.
She's beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is a woman, therefore to be
O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it
like a giant.
Self-love, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting.
This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night
the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
A gentleman that loves to hear himself talk,
will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.
Silence is the perfectos herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could
say how much.
Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
I am a man more sinned against than sinning.
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
The rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril.
A smile cures the wounding of a frown.
One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. [Hamlet]
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.
I do desire we may be better strangers.
How excellent it is to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use
like a giant.
I do not much dislike the matter, but the manner of his speech.
To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.
Then is it sin to rush into the secret house of death. Ere death dare come
Will and Will Power
The will is deaf and hears no heedful friends.
Our bodies are our gardens... our wills are our gardeners.
'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.
We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day.
We go to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the
Cry ''havoc!'' and let loose the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall
smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.
'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth; But the plain single vow, that
is vow'd true.
Men's vows are women's traitors!
It is the purpose that makes strong the vow; But vows to every purpose must
Nimble thought can jump both sea and land.
Men's evil manners live in brass, their virtues we write in water.
Assume a virtue if you have it not.
There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
When valor preys on reason, it eats the sword it fights with.
You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live.
While you live tell the truth and shame the devil.
Love all, but trust a few.
Don't trust the person who has broken faith once.
Travel and Tourism
Journeys end in lovers meeting.
Time and Time Management
O, call back yesterday, bid time return.
And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.
Thoughts and Thinking
Thought is free.
Thoughts and Thinking
There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Make not your thoughts you prisons.
O mischief, thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men!
Most dangerous is that temptation that doth good us on to sin to loving
A good old man, sir. He will be talking. As they say, when the age is in,
the wit is out.
Tact and Tactfulness
Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act. Be thou
familiar but by no means vulgar.
It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply
twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would
have earned him.
A whoreson jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine
oaths of him and might not spend them at my pleasure. When a gentleman is
disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths, ha?
Do you set down your name in the scroll of youth, that are written down old
with all the characters of age?
A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.
All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.
It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
To suckle fools, and chronicle small beer.
He's winding up the watch of his wit. By and by it will strike.