Favorite Shakespearean Quotes

A friend of mine come up with a fun little brain teaser: The brush up your Shakespeare quote game. The rules: Someone posts a quote. The first person to accurately identify the quote by character and play (act and scene numbers optional) gets to post the next quote.

Several of us contributed and it was actually quiet fun.  Here are a few quotes.

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains/Such shaping fantasies that apprehend/More than cool reason ever comprehends. A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Theseus

Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore,/Be sure of it; give me the ocular proof:/ Or by the worth of man’s eternal soul,/Thou hadst been better have been born a dog/Than answer my waked wrath! Othello, Othello

Poor lady, she were better love a dream./Disguise, I see thou art a wickedness/Wherein the pregnant enemy does much. Twelfth Night, Viola

Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you,
trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it as many of your players
do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the
air too much with your hand thus, but use all gently; for in the
very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your passion,
you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it
smoothness. Oh, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious
periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split
the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of
nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise. I would have such
a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant — it out-Herods Herod.
Pray you avoid it. Hamlet, Hamlet

Now here is the challenge to you:  Write your favorite Shakespearean Quote…

Have Fun


About LizzyBeth

There is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.

Posted on August 5, 2011, in Lantern Hollow Press Authors. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “Peace, thou fat-kidneyed rascal.”

  2. Michael–Hal to Falstaff, 1 or 2 Henry IV.

    This is the very foul and pestilent
    Unwholesome exhalation of the brain
    Of some rapscallion, puking, whoreson scholar
    Who follows his own blind presupposition
    And is devoid of the least rudiment
    Or smallest particle of common sense!

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