Whereof whats past is prologue, what to comeIn yours and my discharge.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to no one.
Hear the meaning within the word.
To thine own self be true.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
Glendower:I can call spirits from the vasty deep. Hotspur:Why, so can I, or so can any man;But will they come when you do call for them?
There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself.
Rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir, in a poor house; as your pearl in a foul oyster.
Jesters do often prove prophets.
While thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head.
Do you know what a man is? Are not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and such like, the spice and salt that season a man?
This above all—to thine own self be true; And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Topics: Courage, Truth, Integrity, Being Ourselves, Individuality
If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work: but when they seldom come, they wished for come, and nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
Topics: Pleasure, One liners, Perspective, Holidays
Thus we play the fool with the time and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us.
To be or not to be, that is the question.
Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
This was the noblest Roman of them all.
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar.
He only in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, “This was a man.”
In such business
Action is eloquence, and the eyes of th’ ignorant
More learned than the ears.
My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.
Topics: Happiness, Opportunities, Reality, Gratitude, Blessings, Appreciation, Contentment
Joy delights in Joy.
Doubt that the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt love.
Beware of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in, bear it that the opposer may beware of thee.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard it seems to me most strange that men should fear seeing that death a necessary end will come when it will come.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul, producing holy witness, is like a villain with a smiling cheek; a goodly apple rotten at the heart.
Topics: Hypocrisy, Perspective, Argument
I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go oer.
Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.
So farewell—to the little good you bear me.
Farewell? a long farewell to all my greatness!
This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes, to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honors thick upon him;
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls as I do.
- Graham Greene British Novelist
- Dodie Smith British Novelist
- Dorothy L. Sayers British Novelist
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan Irish-born British Playwright
- Christopher Marlowe English Playwright
- Lawrence Durrell British Biographer
- Edna St. Vincent Millay American Poet
- William Congreve English Playwright
- Colley Cibber English Playwright
- Pietro Aretino Italian Author