William Shakespeare Quotes

O sleep, thou ape of death! (Cymbeline)

Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep,” the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care, The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast. (Macbeth)

Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel? Polonius: By th’ mass and ’tis, like a camel indeed. Hamlet: Methinks it is like a weasel. Polonius: It is backed like a weasel. Hamlet: Or like a whale. Polonius: Very like a whale. (Hamlet)

That thou art blam’d shall not be thy defect For slander’s mark was ever yet the fair;… So thou be good, slander doth but approve Thy worth the greater, being woo’d of time; For canker vice the sweetest buds doth love, And thou present’st a pure unstained prime. (Sonnet 70)

Done to death by slanderous tongues. (Much Ado About Nothing)

No, ’tis slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile, whose breath Rides on the posting winds and doth belie All corners of the world; kings, queens, and states, Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave This viperous slander enters. (Cymbeline)

Slander, Whose sting is sharper than the sword’s. (The Winter’s Tale)

Commit the oldest sins the newest kind of ways. (Henry IV)

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. (Measure for Measure)

Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy. (Timon of Athens)