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APHORISMS  QUOTES AND IDEAS

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

A SMALL REFERENCE

LITERARY DICTIONARY

 by Carl William Brown

founder of the Daimon Club


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Music

If music be the food of love; play on.
William Shakespeare

Music

Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?
William Shakespeare

Names

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
William Shakespeare

Necessity

Nature must obey necessity. [Julius Caesar]
William Shakespeare

Negotiation

We were not born to sue, but to command.
William Shakespeare

Night

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 of blame!
William Shakespeare

Nostalgia

Remembrance of things past.
William Shakespeare

Obedience

Every good servant does not all commands.
William Shakespeare

Obesity

Thou seest I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty.
William Shakespeare

Obesity

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.
William Shakespeare

Opportunity

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes deeds ill done!
William Shakespeare

Pain

Pain pays the income of each precious thing.
William Shakespeare

Pain

One pain is lessened by another's anguish.
William Shakespeare

Past

What is past is prologue.
William Shakespeare

Past

We have seen better days.
William Shakespeare

Past

Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done.
William Shakespeare

Patience

Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.
William Shakespeare

Patience

That which in mean men we entitle patience is pale cold cowardice in noble breasts.
William Shakespeare

Patience

How poor are they that have not patience. What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
William Shakespeare

Patience

Who can be patient in extremes? [Henry Vi]
William Shakespeare


Peace

A peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.
William Shakespeare

Perfection

Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
William Shakespeare

Perseverance

I am a kind of burr; I shall stick.
William Shakespeare

Philosophers and Philosophy

For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.
William Shakespeare

Philosophers and Philosophy

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies.
William Shakespeare

Pity

Soft pity enters an iron gate.
William Shakespeare

Plays

If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.
William Shakespeare

Police

You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch, therefore bear you the lantern.
William Shakespeare

Purpose

What we determine we often break. Purpose is but the slave to memory.
William Shakespeare

Purpose

Every why has a wherefore.
William Shakespeare

Punishment

And where the offence is, let the great axe fall.
William Shakespeare

Punctuality

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
William Shakespeare

Publicity

I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people.
William Shakespeare

Psychiatry

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?
William Shakespeare

Proverbs

The proverb is something musty.
William Shakespeare

Prophecy

Beware of the ides of March.
William Shakespeare

Procreation

He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.
William Shakespeare

Procrastination

In delay there lies no plenty.
William Shakespeare

Procrastination

Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.
William Shakespeare

Pride

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.
William Shakespeare

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.
William Shakespeare

Prayer

Bow, stubborn knees!
William Shakespeare

Praise

There's not one wise man among twenty will praise himself.
William Shakespeare

Power

Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.
William Shakespeare

Poverty and The Poor

O world, how apt the poor are to be proud!
William Shakespeare

Potential

Lord we may know what we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare

Potential

For he was likely, had he been put on, to have proved most royally.
William Shakespeare

Possibilities

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
William Shakespeare

Pollution

I durst not laugh for fear of opening my lips and receiving the bad air.
William Shakespeare

Politicians and Politics

There have been many great men that have flattered the people who never loved them.
William Shakespeare

Politicians and Politics

A politician is one that would circumvent God.
William Shakespeare

Politicians and Politics

Get thee glass eyes, and like a scurvy politician, seem to see the things thou dost not.
William Shakespeare

Questions

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. [Hamlet]
William Shakespeare

Quarrels

The course of true love never did run smooth.
William Shakespeare

Resolution

Who is so firm that can't be seduced?
William Shakespeare

Resolution

For I am full of spirit and resolve to meet all perils very constantly.
William Shakespeare

Reputation

Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I ha lost my reputation, I ha lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!
William Shakespeare

Regret

Let's not burden our remembrance with a heaviness that's gone.
William Shakespeare

Reason

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.
William Shakespeare

Reason

Strong reasons make strong actions.
William Shakespeare

Results

Nothing will come of nothing.
William Shakespeare

Retirement

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.
William Shakespeare

Retirement

Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
William Shakespeare

Revenge

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.
William Shakespeare

Revenge

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?
William Shakespeare

Riches

O, what a world of vile ill-favored faults, looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year!
William Shakespeare

Risk

The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.
William Shakespeare

Risk

Virtue is bold and goodness never fearful.
William Shakespeare

Royalty

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
William Shakespeare

Security

Security is the chief enemy of mortals.
William Shakespeare

Seduction

She's beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is a woman, therefore to be won.
William Shakespeare

Self-control

O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
William Shakespeare

Self-love

Self-love, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting.
William Shakespeare

Self-respect

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.
William Shakespeare

Self-talk

A gentleman that loves to hear himself talk, will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.
William Shakespeare

Silence

Silence is the perfectos herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much.
William Shakespeare

Sin

Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
William Shakespeare

Sin

I am a man more sinned against than sinning.
William Shakespeare

Sin

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
William Shakespeare

Slander

Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
William Shakespeare

Smells

The rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril.
William Shakespeare

Smile

A smile cures the wounding of a frown.
William Shakespeare

Smile

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. [Hamlet]
William Shakespeare

Sorrow

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
William Shakespeare

Spring

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.
William Shakespeare

Strangers

I do desire we may be better strangers.
William Shakespeare


Strength

How excellent it is to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use like a giant.
William Shakespeare

Style

I do not much dislike the matter, but the manner of his speech.
William Shakespeare

Success

To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.
William Shakespeare

Suicide

Then is it sin to rush into the secret house of death. Ere death dare come to us?
William Shakespeare

Will and Will Power

The will is deaf and hears no heedful friends.
William Shakespeare

Will and Will Power

Our bodies are our gardens... our wills are our gardeners.
William Shakespeare

Welfare

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.
William Shakespeare

Waste

We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day.
William Shakespeare

War

We go to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name.
William Shakespeare

War

Cry ''havoc!'' and let loose the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.
William Shakespeare

Vow

'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth; But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true.
William Shakespeare

Vow

Men's vows are women's traitors!
William Shakespeare

Vow

It is the purpose that makes strong the vow; But vows to every purpose must not hold.
William Shakespeare

Visualization

Nimble thought can jump both sea and land.
William Shakespeare

Virtue

Men's evil manners live in brass, their virtues we write in water.
William Shakespeare

Virtue

Assume a virtue if you have it not.
William Shakespeare

Vanity

There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
William Shakespeare

Valor

When valor preys on reason, it eats the sword it fights with.
William Shakespeare

Unemployment

You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live.
William Shakespeare

Truth

While you live tell the truth and shame the devil.
William Shakespeare

Trust

Love all, but trust a few.
William Shakespeare

Trust

Don't trust the person who has broken faith once.
William Shakespeare

Travel and Tourism

Journeys end in lovers meeting.
William Shakespeare


Time and Time Management

O, call back yesterday, bid time return.
William Shakespeare

Time and Time Management

And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.
William Shakespeare

Thoughts and Thinking

Thought is free.
William Shakespeare

Thoughts and Thinking

There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
William Shakespeare

Thoughts and Thinking

Make not your thoughts you prisons.
William Shakespeare

Temptation

O mischief, thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men!
William Shakespeare

Temptation

Most dangerous is that temptation that doth good us on to sin to loving virtue.
William Shakespeare

Talkativeness

A good old man, sir. He will be talking. As they say, when the age is in, the wit is out.
William Shakespeare

Tact and Tactfulness

Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act. Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.
William Shakespeare

Swearing

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.
William Shakespeare

Swearing

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?
William Shakespeare

Youth

Do you set down your name in the scroll of youth, that are written down old with all the characters of age?
William Shakespeare

Youth

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
William Shakespeare

Worry

Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.
William Shakespeare

World

All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.
William Shakespeare

Words

It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
William Shakespeare

Wives

To suckle fools, and chronicle small beer.
William Shakespeare

Wit

He's winding up the watch of his wit. By and by it will strike.
William Shakespeare

Wisdom

To be wise and love exceeds man's might.
William Shakespeare

Wisdom

So wise so young, they say, do never live long.
William Shakespeare

Winners and Winning

Nothing can seem foul to those who win.
William Shakespeare


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