Daily Shakespeare

Your daily dose of Shakespeare quotes, pictures, sonnets, facts, and more. Always happy to answer questions and comments! see the links for more info.

There’s no trust,
No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured,
All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.
Nurse (Romeo and Juliet, Act III scene ii)
Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.
Lady Macbeth (Macbeth, Act I scene v)

Hamlet Act IV scene iii

  • Hamlet: A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and cat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
  • Claudius: What dost you mean by this?
  • Hamlet: Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.
I could not stay behind you: my desire,
More sharp than filed steel, did spur me forth;
And not all love to see you, though so much
As might have drawn one to a longer voyage,
But jealousy what might befall your travel,
Being skilless in these parts; which to a stranger,
Unguided and unfriended, often prove
Rough and unhospitable: my willing love,
The rather by these arguments of fear,
Set forth in your pursuit.
Antonio (Twelfth Night, Act III scene iii)
What fates impose, that men must needs abide;
It boots not to resist both wind and tide.
Edward IV (Henry VI Part 3, Act IV scene iii)

although the cheer be poor, / ’twill fill your stomachs; please you eat of it


although the cheer be poor, / ’twill fill your stomachs; please you eat of it

Favorite Shakespeare character(s)?
asked by Anonymous

Falstaff, Richard III, Lady Macbeth, and Hamlet!

By chance do you know were I can find a video performance of as you like it ? Thanks :)

The 1936 film is public domain and you can watch it subtitled here, it has Laurence Olivier as Orlando and Elisabeth Bergner as Rosalind. If you were looking for something on stage, though, The Globe has a DVD available of their 2009 production, and I think there might be bits and pieces of it on Youtube as well. 

My life I never held but as a pawn
To wage against thy enemies; nor fear to lose it,
Thy safety being the motive.
Kent (King Lear, Act I scene i)
Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold —
That is the madman;
The lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt.
The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Such tricks hath strong imagination,
That, if it would but apprehend some joy,
It comprehends some bringer of that joy;
Or, in the night, imagining some fear,
How easy is a bush suppos’d a bear.
Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V scene i)