For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: British

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Ay, to the proof, as mountains are for winds, that shakes not, though they blow perpetually.

A lover goes toward his beloved as enthusiastically as a schoolboy leaving his books, but when he leaves his girlfriend, he feels as miserable as the schoolboy on his way to school.

As with all literature, the play should be read through the eyes of the author, as far as this is possible, which in Shakespeare's case means reading it through the eyes of an orthodox Christian living in Elizabethan England.

Or are you like the painting of a sorrow, a face without a heart?

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

But you, that are polluted with your lusts, Stain'd with the guiltless blood of innocents, Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices, Because you want the grace that others have, You judge it straight a thing impossible To compass wonders but by help of devils.

I was as virtuously given as a gentleman need to be; virtuous enough; swore little; diced not above seven times a week; went to a bawdy-house once in a quarter—of an hour; paid money that I borrowed, three of four times; lived well and in good compass: and now I live out of all order, out of all compass.

Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it Without a prompter.

When shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightning, or in rain?

The language I have learn'd these forty years, My native English, now I must forgo.

The robb'd that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.

He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

The eye sees all, but the mind shows us what we want to see.