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    Cool Your FAVORITE quote from Shakespeare!

    What is your all time favorite quote(or quotes, if you're like me and could almost never decide on just one) from any work by William Shakespeare?
    I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.


    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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    That's difficult.
    I wiould say my favourite quote is:

    "What need one." From King Lear.

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    Too hard!!!!!!! Um..... probably
    "Are you like the painting of a sorrow, A face without a heart?" (Hamlet)

    Not really sure why I like that one so much, but it just has some kind of satisfactory finality at the end of it.
    "The magic gave me insight, and you gave me a heart, but for all the heart and insight in the world, I am still a cat."

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    I like that,Lioness!
    I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.


    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    -Macbeth Act 5, scene 5
    "Life is a long lesson in humility." - James M. Barrie

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    "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt in your philosophy."

    Hamlet, of course. Act 1, Scene 5.

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    "Stars, hide your fires;
    Let not light see my black and deep desires:
    The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,
    Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see."
    From Macbeth act 1, scene 4.
    "La dignité n'est qu'un paravent placé par l'orgueil et derrière lequel nous enrageons à notre aise." Honoré de balzac.
    "La réalité implacable me conduirait au suicide si le rêve ne me permettait d'attendre". Guy de Maupassant.

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    "O that he were here to write me down an ***!
    But masters, remember that I am an ***."

    Act IV Scene ii
    "O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself. "
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    "There 's daggers in men's smiles".
    Macbeth
    (Act II, Scene III).
    "Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer's day"
    Oscar Wilde [The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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    Oooh I thought of another one from Hamlet:

    "Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia, And therefore I forbid my tears"

    I tend to look on that one in a more cynical way: that Laertes is merely using the death of his sister to further his own ends; he cannot even bring himself to cry for her.

    The hypocrisy of the brother who claims to care about you, but couldn't actually care less, is resonating quite strongly with me at the moment
    "The magic gave me insight, and you gave me a heart, but for all the heart and insight in the world, I am still a cat."

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    Tough one. I think it's a tie between:

    "We are oft to blame in this, 'tis too much prov'd,
    That with devotion's visage and pious
    Action, we do sugar o'er the devil himself."

    -Hamlet. Act 3, Scene 1. Polonius.

    And ...

    "But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture,
    Tell them God bids us do good for evil.
    And thus I clothe my naked villainy
    With odd old ends stol'n from holy writ
    And seem a saint when most I play the dev'l."

    -Richard III. Act 1, Scene 3. Gloucester/Richard III.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnipSnap View Post
    "But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture,
    Tell them God bids us do good for evil.
    And thus I clothe my naked villainy
    With odd old ends stol'n from holy writ
    And seem a saint when most I play the dev'l."

    -Richard III. Act 1, Scene 3. Gloucester/Richard III.
    That one is extremely interesting...
    I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.


    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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    "How far that little candle throws its beams,
    So shines a good deed in a naughty world..."

    Portia, in 'The Merchant of Venice'
    "My warm hands have made the paper limp,
    So that its feel reminds me of slept-in sheets: comfortable and safe"


    "All these things I say... I say them because I want you to know, I don't ever want to regret afterwards that I didn't say enough, I would rather say too much." ~ Samuel Selvon

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    My Favourite Quote From Shakespeares Work"

    "Frailty Thy name is Woman"
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    so strange..

    Quote Originally Posted by Venusjd View Post
    "Frailty Thy name is Woman"
    It is said that Queen Elizabeth watched the play. But I wonder was she angry when she heard "frailty thy name is woman"?

    Frankly speaking, if i were a woman, I would jump to the stage and argue with the actor...

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