Shakespeare Quotes Page


This page (launched on Mar 30, 2017), represents an effort to meet the demand of visitors who reach the ‘Your Daily Shakespeare’ site, searching for a specific Shakespearean quote.

The page will be built gradually. Its entries reflect the Shakespeare-related keywords by which internauts reached this site.  All entries are extracted from the massive dictionary “Your Daily Shakespeare – an Arsenal of Verbal Weapons to Drive your Friends into Action and Your Enemies into Despair.”

Shakespeare speech bubble, Who could guess that my words would become a symbol and an emblem of Western cultureThe “Your Daily Shakespeare” website/blog was born in February 2012 with the (somewhat ambitious) idea of linking the elegance and inimitable power of Shakespeare’s words to sundry articles (blogs) commenting on our paradoxical, and often deranged or mad world.

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Communications, non verbal communications
“There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very
(WT.5.2) GENTLEMAN to Autolycus
User Tips. Describe the astonishment of a silent audience. Or modify slightly when commenting on the reaction of your interlocutor, e.g. “There is language in your very gesture,” which could be positive (for example a reaction to an advantageous proposal). Or negative, if the party is your political enemy.
In the play. Autolycus has managed to travel to Sicilia and inquires of the Gentleman what was Polixenes’ (and Camillo’s) reaction once they found the information contained in the shepherd’s package. Meaning that Perdita is King Leonte’s daughter.
Tags: body language – Communications, non verbal communications –
NOTE. The YDS dictionary refers requests for “Communications, non verbal communications” to the entries for “Body Language” and related types and descriptions (of body language).

“Daffodils, that come before the swallows dare, and take
The winds of March with beauty”
User Tips. Self-explanatory but memorable when watching daffodils in bloom. With suitable modifications, the quote can be applies ironically in a corporate setting, for example to an employee who notoriously is always the first at meetings, “Caruthers, who always comes before the swallows dare…”
In the play. Perdita offers flowers to Camillo, who has travelled to Central Europe from Sicilia
Search Terms: daffodils – flowers – Perdita – office usable –

“When daffodils begin to peer,
Why then comes in the sweet o’ the year;
For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale .”
User Tips. That ‘red blood’ suggests a lingering passion unaffected by coldness or winter. User discretion advised.
In the play. The rascal Autolycus is in a good mood and enters the scene singing.
Search Terms: daffodils – flowers – Autolycus –

Hypocrisy, accusing others of one’s mischiefs
“The secret mischiefs that I set abroach
I lay unto the grievous charge of others.”
User Tips. Perfect example of US policies, sometimes carried out secretly (e.g. defenestration of democratically elected Mossadeq in Iran) – sometimes openly (e.g. Ukraine (“We spent 5 billion $ to change the regime,” as uttered by the (in)famous Victoria (f..k the Europeans) Nuland). In the remote case where you are a congressman or senator, daring to fight the monumental hypocrisy of US foreign policy, try “The secret mischief that you set abroach, you lay unto the grievous charge of others.”
In the play. Richard outlines his evil strategy in a monologue. ‘Abroach’ refers to a barrel that has been opened or ‘broached’.
Search Terms. US foreign policies – evil – machiavellism – office usable –
NOTE. The YDS dictionary has dozens of entries dedicated to the item ‘hypocrisy’. More will be added each time a visitors searches for ‘hypocrisy’ or similar.

Flowers, rose
“Of all Flowers, methinks a Rose is best”
(TTK, 2.2, The Two Noble Kinsmen)
User Tips. Compliment, substitute the name of the lady whom you admire for ‘a Rose’ or say the line first and then follow up with the suggested substitution.
In the play. Line spoken by Emilia
Tags: rose – flowers – romantic lines – romance – rose quotes shakespeare
NOTE. The YDS dictionary has dozens of entries dedicated to the item ‘Flowers, rose’. More will be added each time a visitors searches for ‘rose’.

The Infant (First of the Seven Stages of Life)
“…. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms…”
(AYLI, 2.7)
User tips. Words of comfort for those not yet used to the somewhat arbitrary habits on an infant.
In the play. Jacques, a skeptic and a philosopher, at the forest-based court of the Duke, gives him and all present his own comprehensive interpretation of the seven stages of life.
Search Terms. Infant – infancy – seven stages of life –

Justice, judge (Fourth of the Seven Stages of Life)
“… And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances…”
User Tips. Apply ironically, with someone who recurrently tells jokes or utters words deemed funny only by himself. E.G. “Caruthers, you are always full of wise and modern instances.” The type will probably not know what you are talking about, but others may, and you will have at least taken something off your proverbial chest. Or comment on the arrival of a bearded colleague, “Here comes Caruthers, with eyes severe and beard of formal cut.”
In the play. Jacques, a skeptic and a philosopher, at the forest-based court of the Duke, gives him and all present his own comprehensive interpretation of the seven stages of life.
Tags: justice – modern instances – judge – office usable – seven stages of life

Apologies, for rashness
“Forgive my general and exceptless rashness,
You perpetual-sober gods!”
User Tips. After you have finally told plainly and forcefully, during a company meeting, what you think of the sly, dishonest, son-of-a-bitch, who tries to undermine or hurt you .
In the play. Timon does not at first recognize his trustful servant Flavius who came to visit, and addressed him rudely.
Search Terms. apologies – rashness – forgiveness – office usable – apology in Shakespeare –
NOTE. The YDS dictionary has dozens of entries dedicated to the item ‘apology’ and ‘apologies’. More will be added each time a visitors searches for ‘apology’, ‘excuse(s)’ or similar.

“…and ‘tis our fast intent
To shake all cares and business from our age,
Conferring them on younger strengths, while we
Unburdened crawl towards death.”
User Tip. Perfect introduction to a retirement speech.
In the play. Lear announces his plan to abdicate and to divide his kingdom among daughters Regan, Goneril and Cordelia.
Search Terms. Retirement – retirement speech – office usable – Shakespeare words on retirement – quotes for retirement – shakespeare on retirement – Shakespeare quotes on retirement
NOTE. The YDS dictionary has several entries dedicated to the item ‘retirement’, suitable for the occasion. More will be added each time a visitors searches for ‘retirement.’

“ I do hate a proud man, as I hate the engendering of toads.”
User Tips. Express your feelings about an arrogant person.
In the play. Ajax thinks that Achilles is proud without realizing that he is just the same.
Search Terms. Bully – bullying – arrogance – exceptionalism – american foreigh policy
NOTE. The YDS dictionary has several entries dedicated to the item ‘arrogance.’ More will be added each time a visitors searches for ‘bullying’ or ‘arrogance.’

Thank you, Shakespeare style
“…within this wall of flesh
There is a soul that counts thee her creditor
And with advantage means to pay thy love.”
User Tips. A bit emphatic but it will leave a mark in her memory and he/she will remember later on. Works equally well for any occasion when you wish to be a bit more original in expressing gratitude than with the universal ‘thank you’.
In the play. King John thanks Hubert for his contribution to the happy outcome of the battle of Angiers.
Search Terms. thank you shakespeare style – gratitude – elegant expression – office usable –
NOTE. The YDS dictionary has several entries to express gratitude elegantly. More will be added each time a visitors searches for ‘expressing thanks’ or similar.

Hope and wish that something hoped-for will happen
“… ‘tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished.”
User Tips. Applicable whenever you wish to emphasize strongly what you hope will happen – in a positive sense or even ironic way. For example, as a repartee when a longwinded speaker says “I will be finished in a few minutes.” Equally, the quote can be slightly modified to emphasize the opposite, “… ’tis a consummation devoutly to be unwished.” You can think of many personal or general instances where the “unqishing” applies.
In the play. Part of the famous “to be or not to be” monolog.
Search Terms. Wish – hope – consummation – Hamlet – office usable – agreement with suggestion – proposal –

English language mangled
PARSON EVANS. Seese is not good to give putter; your pelly is all putter.
FALSTAFF. Sees and putter! have I lived to stand at the taunt of one that makes fritters of English?”
User tips. Use Falstaff’s answer to rebut an accusation from a political enemy with questionable communication skills, e.g. ‘Nice words from one that makes fritters of English.’ If you cannot imitate the Welsh accent, try German.
In the play. Falstaff’s reply to a remark by Hugh Evans, a Welshman, whose English pronunciation is questionable, (‘Sees’ is ‘cheese’). Hugh Evans pokes fun at Falstaff after the pranks played on Falstaff by Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page.
Search Terms. English – broken English – pronunciation – office usable
NOTE. The YDS dictionary has several entries connected with the use (and misuse) of the English language. More entries will be added when related searches.

LEAR Thou hast seen a farmer’s dog bark at a beggar?
LEAR And the creature run from the cur? There thou mightst behold the great image of authority: a dog’s obeyed in office. (KL.4.6)
User Tips. A rejoinder towards those who are in awe of authority
Search Terms. Authority – dog’s obeyed in office – opinion on authority – office usable –

Custom, c. as an obstacle to positive change
“What custom wills, in all things should we do’t,
The dust on antique time would lie unswept,
And mountainous error be too highly heapt
For truth to o’er-peer.”
User Tips. Retort when someone says ‘…but we have always done it this way.’ Argument to bring about when some people, parties or colleagues resist what you believe to be positive innovation
In the play. Coriolanus, forced by custom to stand in front of the people to garner their affection and gain popularity, decries the obligations of custom and (by inference) the continuation of error.
Search Terms. Innovation – resistance to change – office usable –

Love, how much?
“…I love you more than words can wield the matter…
A love that makes breath poor and speech unable
Beyond all manner of so much I love you.”
User Tips. Answer to ‘How much do you love me?’ Try it when you are not afraid of going overboard.
In the play. The scheming Goneril knows that the more outlandishly she declares her love towards her father Lear, the more land he will give her as he retires and parses out his possessions.
Search Terms. Love – how much do you love me? – romantic Shakespeare –
NOTE. One of many Shakespearean answers found in the YDS dictionary to the same question.

Apologies unnecessary
“Thou mak’st faults graces that to thee resort.
As on the finger of a throned queen,
The basest jewel will be well esteemed.”
User Tips. Answer with these lines after whatever incident or occurrence that caused her to say ‘excuse me’. Grasp the occasion to tell her unexpectedly that she is comparable to a queen. Surprise works wonders in love and war. See also ‘Perfection, p. even in her shortcomings.’

Love, l. at first sight
“Hear my souls speak:
The very instant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service”
User Tips. One of many Shakesearean replies to the eternal question, “Do you really love me?”
In the play. Ferdinando is deeply in love with Miranda.
Search Terms. love – declaration of love – love at first sight – romantic Shakespeare –

Character (yours), habitually changing your mind
“Thus change I like the moon.”
User Tips. Answer to ‘Why did you change your mind?’ Apply to the frequently found changeling – see also next quote on the chameleon.
In the play. Rosaline first asks her companions to play then changes her mind and suggests dancing.
Search Terms. personality quotes – changeling – office usable –character –

Character, false, cunning, shifting, perverse, changeling
“I can add colours to the chameleon,
Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
And set the murderous Machiavel to school.”
(KHVI p3.3.2)
User Tips. Characterize colleague or politician ever ready to change his allegiance when convenient. Change the sentence to the third person, use the lines in their entirety or extract as needed, e.g. ‘Caruthers can add colors to the chameleon’
In the play. Gloucester, the future Richard III, lists in a monologue his own set of political skills.
Search Terms. character – personality quotes – office usable –

Shakespeare on Brexit
“European Union?  …the rankest compound of villanous smell, that ever offended nostril.”
User Tips. Express your colorful opinion on that useless body of overpaid poltroon that constitutes the European Union, and give a cogent explanation for Brexit.
In the play. Mrs. Ford had arranged to have Falstaff carried away in a basket of dirty linen and other garbage. Falstaff describes the adventure.
Search Terms. smell – foul smell – reasons for Brexit –
NOTE. Plenty and abundant selection of Shakespearean quotes on actual and/or metaphorical foul smell for all sort of occasions, are found in the YDS dictionary.

Thought, power of t. and imagination to travel instantly
“ For nimble thought can jump both sea and land,
As soon as think the place where he would be.”
(SON 44)
User Tips. A good line for a personalized romantic card. Or an answer to a statement of the type, “I wish you were here.”
Search Terms. thought – power of thought – imagination – power of the imagination

Rumor, slander, fake news, gossip
“ Upon my tongue continual slanders ride,
The which in every language I pronounce,
Stuffing the ears of man with false reports.”
User Tips. A good retort to any sentence of the type ‘I have heard that you…. etc.” and you wish to deny whatever the rumor (or the statement) about you may be. E.G. “As rumor said of himself, “Upon my tongue… reports.”
In the play. Rumor introduces himself. The false rumor referred to is that Hotspur is alive and that the battle of Shrewsbury has been won by the rebels. Instead, Hotspur has been killed by the Prince of Wales and the king’s forces are in pursuit of the rebels.
Search Terms. gossip – fake news – slander – calumny – NSA – CIA – mainstream media – corporate media – Shakespeare on gossip –

Whining school-boy
“… Then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining-morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.”
User Tips.
A platonic reminder to a reluctant student, though, from what an outsider can gather, one prevailing perception is of school as infotainment, hence much less reluctance and unwillingness.
In the play. Jacques, a skeptic and a philosopher, at the forest-based court of the Duke, gives him and all present his own comprehensive interpretation of the seven stages of life.
Search Terms. why is the school boy reluctant to go to school – shakespeare school – shakespeare education –

Apologies for behavior caused by indisposition
“Infirmity doth still neglect all office
Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves
When nature, being oppress’d, commands the mind
To suffer with the body: I’ll forbear.”
User Tips. A good justification for harsh words or rudeness or otherwise unkind behavior. See also (in the actual dictionary) ‘Indisposition, minor i. affecting overall behavior – ‘Recognizing, reason for not recognizing someone
In the play. Lear thinks that the very poor treatment he got from his daughter Regan may be due to her being ill.
Search Terms. Apologies for comment – Forgive the comment – how to apologize shakespeare style –

Procrastination to be avoided
“… that we would do
We should do when we would; for this ‘would’ changes
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;
And then this ‘should’ is like a spendthrift sigh,
That hurts by easing.”
User Tips. In a corporate setting, stimulate prompt action after an initial indication of consent. Also a good educational prompt for reluctant offspring. See also (in the actual dictionary), ‘Action, quick a. needed as time goes by quickly. ‘Determination, lapses in determination occurring often
In the play. King Claudius prompts Laertes to act quickly in taking revenge against Hamlet, who killed Polonius, Laertes’ father.
Search Terms. procrastination – famous quote on procastination by shakespeare – delay – do not delay – delays to be avoided.

Education, literature, results of teaching
“You taught me language and my profit on it
Is, I know how to curse.”
User Tips. Introduction, irony on education. E.G. ‘Not everybody agrees that education is a good thing, As Caliban told his teacher Prospero, ‘You taught me language and my profit on it is that I know how to curse’.
In the play. Caliban reports the results of the education imparted by Prospero.
Search Terms. Education not an asset – downfall of teaching shakespeare – disadvantages of education – disadvantages of a liberal education –

Opinion, opinion on money, handling of, borrowing and lending
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” (H.1.3)
User Tips. Explain with this example your philosophy about borrowing and lending. See also ‘Financing, lending denied ”
In the play. Polonius gives his son Laertes a set of precepts to follow while in Paris.
Search Terms. Finance – banking – borrowing from banks – financial and lending money in Shakespeare –

Illusion, illusion caused by sorrow
“Alas, poor man! grief hath so wrought on him,
He takes false shadows for true substance.” (TA.3.2)
Excuse lapses in judgment due to grief-induced stress.
User Tips. Exclude the first line and use the second, as a comment on an opponent with whose silly ideas you strongly disagree. There are several quotations on illusions in the YDS dictionary.
In the play. Titus dissects a fly with a knife pretending it be the archenemy Aaron. Marcus comments on Titus’ state of mind.
Search Terms. Illusion – illusion quotes Shakespeare –

Life, uncertainty of life
“What surety of the world, what hope, what stay,
When this was now a king, and now is clay?” (KJ.5.7)
User tips. a good ending to a presentation whose theme is forecasting the future, especially of society, customs, politics, government, etc.
See also entries for ‘Destiny, beyond our control’
In the play. Prince Henry who succeeds the poisoned King John generalizes on the inherent volatility of life.
Search Terms. Shakespeare quotes of uncertainty – ending of presentation –

Face, beautiful face
“Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder.” (PER.1.2)
User tips. Change to ‘Your face is to mine eye beyond all wonder’. Answer to ‘Do you like me?’ See also entries for ‘Face’, ‘Eyes’, ‘Lips’, ‘Cheeks’, ‘Hands’,  ‘Skin’, ‘Beauty’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Love’,  ‘Ladies’,  ‘Woman’, ‘Woman, beautiful’, ‘Woman, w. beautiful’, ‘Do you like me?’, ‘Dress’. There are about 150 Shakespeare romantic and usable compliments
In the play. On his return from Antioch, King Pericles explains to Helicanus the ordeal he (Pericles) he went through. The ‘face beyond all wonder’ belonged to the daughter of the king of Antioch, Antiochus. She was indeed beautiful but wicked and tied by incest to her father.
Search Terms. Praise a girl in shakespeare language – romance – compliment to a woman

Woman, female frailty, invocation
“Frailty, thy name is woman.” (H.1.2)
User tips. Any situation in which a woman has done something wrong. It may get you into trouble if used with a feminist or with a feminist audience.
In the play. After meditating about how quickly his mother married the new king, Hamlet inveighs against women.
Search Terms. Shakespeare feminist quotes – invocation – women

Toast, dinner and health
“Now, good digestion wait on appetite,
And health on both!” (M.3.4)
User Tips. Ideal start of a pre-dinner or pre-banquet speech or introduction.
In the play. After having Banquo killed by terrorists, Macbeth organizes a banquet in his castle, but Banquo’s ghost is hovering about.
Search Terms. Introduction to company dinner – social dinner – greetings before dinner

Advice, a. on men’s wear and fashion
“Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.” (H.1.3)
User Tips. Answer when you are complimented about your attire. E.G. ‘My habit is as costly as my purse can buy, but not expresses…gaudy’. Answer to question(s) about your taste on clothing, e.g. ‘Costly my habit as my purse can buy…man’. For a different view see entries for ‘Appearances, a. deceptive’ – ‘Character, c. all in his clothes’
Retort when someone compliments you on any piece of your clothing. E.G. “As you know, the apparel oft proclaims the man.”
In the play. Polonius gives his son Laertes a set of precepts to follow while in Paris. See note (in the YDS dictionary) to ‘Opinion, your op. on money, handling of, borrowing and lending’ for the complete list.
Search Terms. Fashion – clothing – attire – Shakespeare in fashion – shakespeare quotes about clothes

Regret, r. corrosive for things that cannot be changed
“Care is no cure, but rather corrosive,
For things that are not to be remedied.” (KHVI.p1.3.3)
User Tips. Exhort the audience to look to the future rather than harping on the past. See also entries for ‘Care’ *** ‘Complaint’ *** ‘Attitude, a. towards what is past and cannot be changed’
In the play. La Pucelle addresses the French princes after their defeat at Rouen.
Search Terms. Regret – Regret for Shakespeare

Beauty, b. greater than stars
“…(s)he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.” (RJ.3.2)
User Tips. Compliment, applicable to either sex with minor modifications, e.g. ‘If you were a star, you would make the face of heaven…sun’.
In the play. Juliet is eagerly waiting for the arrival of Romeo, whom she has just married.
Search Terms. Night – love – beauty – nice night and woman –

Nostalgia, regret, memory
“When to the session of sweet silent thought,
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste.” (SON.30)
User Tips.  Use the first two lines to introduce your description or narration of a memory, of your youth, or of moments in your career or personal life. Or, should you be a politician, use the lines as an introduction or reference to a time in politics, that was more in line or tune with your ideology.
Search Terms. Memory – memory quotations shakespeare –

Gratitude, g. recognized and expressed
“…within this wall of flesh
There is a soul that counts thee her creditor
And with advantage means to pay thy love.” (KJ.3.1)
User Tips.  A bit emphatic but it will leave a mark in the memory of the recicpient and he/she may remember later on. Works equally well for any occasion when you wish to be a bit more original in expressing gratitude than with the universal ‘thank you’.
In the play. King John thanks Hubert for his contribution to the victorious outcome of the battle of Angiers.
Search Terms. Shakespeare words for thank you – gratitude shalespeare style