Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature


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Author: William Shakespeare
The weakest goes to the wall.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
Gregory, remember thy swashing blow.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
An hour before the worshipp’d sun
Peered forth the golden window of the east.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
As is the bud bit with an envious worm
Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air,
Or dedicate his beauty to the sun.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
Saint-seducing gold.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
He that is strucken blind cannot forget
The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
One fire burns out another’s burning,
One pain is lessen’d by another’s anguish.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory
That in gold clasps locks in the golden story.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
For I am proverb’d with a grandsire phrase.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you!
She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Athwart men’s noses as they lie
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
Time out o’ mind the fairies’ coachmakers.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
Sometime she driveth o’er a soldier’s neck,
And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon
Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes,
And be
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
For you and I are past our dancing days.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 5.

Author: William Shakespeare
It seems she hangs
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 5.

Author: William Shakespeare
Shall have the chinks.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 5.

Author: William Shakespeare
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Romeo and Juliet. ACT I Scene 5.

Author: William Shakespeare
Young Adam Cupid, he that shot so trim,
When King Cophetua loved the beggar maid!
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
What ’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
For stony limits cannot hold love out.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
Than twenty of their swords.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
At lovers’ perjuries,
They say, Jove laughs.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
Rom. Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear,
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops—
Jul. O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise varia
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
The god of my idolatry.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say, “It lightens.”
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night,
Like softest music to attending ears!
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
O, mickle is the powerful grace that lies
In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities:
For nought so vile that on the earth doth live
But to the earth some special good doth give,
Nor aught so good but strain’d from that fair use
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
Care keeps his watch in every old man’s eye,
And where care lodges, sleep will never lie.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
Thy old groans ring yet in my ancient ears.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
Stabbed with a white wench’s black eye.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
The courageous captain of complements.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
One, two, and the third in your bosom.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
O flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified!
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
I am the very pink of courtesy.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
A gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear himself talk, and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
My man ’s as true as steel.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 4.

Author: William Shakespeare
These violent delights have violent ends.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 6.

Author: William Shakespeare
Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 6.

Author: William Shakespeare
Here comes the lady! O, so light a foot
Will ne’er wear out the everlasting flint.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 6.

Author: William Shakespeare
Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
A word and a blow.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
A plague o’ both your houses!
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
Rom. Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much.
Mer. No, ’t is not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but ’t is enough, ’t will serve.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And 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.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
Was ever book containing such vile matter
So fairly bound? O, that deceit should dwell
In such a gorgeous palace!
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
Thou cutt’st my head off with a golden axe.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
They may seize
On the white wonder of dear Juliet’s hand
And steal immortal blessing from her lips,
Who, even in pure and vestal modesty,
Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
The damned use that word in hell.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
Taking the measure of an unmade grave.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain-tops.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 5.

Author: William Shakespeare
Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 5.

Author: William Shakespeare
All these woes shall serve
For sweet discourses in our time to come.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 5.

Author: William Shakespeare
Villain and he be many miles asunder.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 5.

Author: William Shakespeare
Thank me no thanks, nor proud me no prouds.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT III Scene 5.

Author: William Shakespeare
Not stepping o’er the bounds of modesty.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT IV Scene 2.

Author: William Shakespeare
My bosom’s lord sits lightly in his throne.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
I do remember an apothecary,—
And hereabouts he dwells.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
Meagre were his looks,
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
A beggarly account of empty boxes.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
Famine is in thy cheeks.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
The world is not thy friend nor the world’s law.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
Ap. My poverty, but not my will, consents.
Rom. I pay thy poverty, and not thy will.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
The strength
Of twenty men.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 1.

Author: William Shakespeare
One writ with me in sour misfortune’s book.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
Her beauty makes
This vault a feasting presence full of light.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
Beauty’s ensign yet
Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,
And death’s pale flag is not advanced there.
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 3.

Author: William Shakespeare
Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace!
Romeo and Juliet. ACT V Scene 3.



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