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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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The eagle suffers little birds to sing,
  And is not careful what they mean thereby.
      - Titus Andronicus (Tamora at IV, iv)
        [Eagles : Proverbs]

Yet, for I know thou art religious
  And hast a thing within thee called conscience,
    With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies
      Which I have seen thee careful to observe,
        Therefore I urge thy oath; for that I know
          An idiot holds his bauble for a god
            And keeps the oath which by that god he swears,
              To that I'll urge him: therefore thou shalt vow
                By that same god, what god soe'er it be,
                  That thou adorest and hast in reverence,
                    To save my boy, to nourish and bring him up,
                      Or else I will discover naught to thee.
      - Titus Andronicus (Aaron at V, i)
        [Conscience]

As for that ravenous tiger, Tamora,
  No funeral rite, nor man in mourning weeds,
    No mournful bell shall ring her burial;
      But throw her forth to beasts and birds to prey.
        Her life was beastly and devoid of pity,
          And being dead, let birds on he take pity!
            [See justice done on Aaron, that damned Moor,
              By whom our heavy haps had their beginning.
                Then, afterwards, to order well the state,
                  That like events may ne'er it ruinate.]
      - Titus Andronicus (Lucius at V, iii)
        [Books (Last Lines)]

That what he will he does, and does so much
  That proof is call'd impossibility.
      - Troilus and Cressida [Will]

It is no jesting with edge tools.
      - True Tragedy of Richard the Third [Danger]

I have heard of some kind of men that put quarrels purposely on others, to taste their valor.
      - Twelfth Night [Taste : Valor]

Virtue is beauty.
      - Twelfth Night [Virtue]

Words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reason with them.
      - Twelfth Night [Words]

If music be the food of love, play on,
  Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
    The appetite may sicken, and so die.
      That strain again. It had a dying fall;
        O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound
          That breaths upon a bank of violets,
            Stealing and giving odor.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Duke at I, i) [Books (First Lines) : Music]

If music be the food of love, play on.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Duke at I, i), (altered)
        [Books (First Lines) : Proverbs]

It had a dying fall;
  O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound
    That breathes upon a bank of violets,
      Stealing and giving odor.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at I, i)
        [Violets]

O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou,
  That, notwithstanding thy capacity,
    Receiveth as the sea. Nought enters there,
      Of what validity and pitch soe'er,
        But falls into abatement and low price
          Even in a minute.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at I, i) [Love]

So full of shapes is fancy
  That it alone is high fantastical.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at I, i) [Fancy]

So please my lord, I might not be admitted;
  But from her handmaid do return this answer:
    The element itself, till seven years' heat,
      Shall not behold her face at ample view;
        But like a cloistress she will veiled walk,
          And water once a day her chamber round
            With eye-offending brine: all this to season
              A brother's dead love, which she would keep fresh
                And lasting in her sad remembrance.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Valentine at I, i) [Tears]

(Andrew:) I am not such an ass but I can keep my hand dry. But what's your jest?
  (Maria:) A dry jest, sir.
    (Andrew:) Are you full of them?
      (Maria:) Ay, sir, I have them at my fingers' ends. Marry, now I let go your hand, I am barren.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Andrew & Maria at I, iii) [Jesting]

He plays o' th' viol-de-gamboys, and speaks three or four languages word for word without book, and hath all the good gifts of nature.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Toby at I, iii) [Linguists]

I am sure care 's an enemy to life.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Toby at I, iii) [Care]

I am sure care's an enemy to life.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Tony Belch at I, iii) [Proverbs]

Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Andrew at I, iii) [Christianity : Wit]

Anything that's mended is but patched; virtue that transgresses is but patched with sin, and sin that amends is but patched with virtue.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Clown at I, v) [Virtue]

Fate, show your force; ourselves we do not owe.
  What is decreed must be--and be this so!
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Olivia at I, v) [Fate]

I can tell thee where that saying was born, of 'I fear no colors.'
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Maria at I, v)
        [Authorship : Proverbs (General)]

I would be loath to cast away my speech; for, besides that it is excellently penned, I have taken great pains to con it.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Viola at I, v) [Speech]

Lady, you are the cruell'st she alive
  If you will these graces to the grave,
    And leave the world no copy.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Viola at I, v) [Cruelty]

(Olivia:) What's a drunken man like, fool?
  (Clown:) Like a drowned man, a fool, and a madman. One draught above heat makes him a fool, the seconds mads him, and a third drowns him.
      - Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Olivia & Clown at I, v) [Intemperance]


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