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William Shakespeare

 
 

William Shakespeare
 (26 April 1564 (baptised) 23 April 1616)
 was an English poet, playwright, and actor,
widely regarded as the greatest
writer in the English language
and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon".
His extant works, including collaborations, consist of
approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems,
 and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship.
His plays have been translated into every major living language
and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

 

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, and religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others. -WikiPedia

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Caesar: Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
---Julius Caesar, Act i, scene ii

 

Cassius: Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
---Julius Caesar,  Act i, scene ii

 

Cassius: Did Cicero say anything?
Casca: Ay, he spoke Greek.
Cassius: To what effect?
Casca: Nay, an I tell you that I'll ne'er look you i' the face again:
but those that understood him smiled at one another,
and shook their heads;
but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me.
---Julius Caesar,  Act i, scene ii

 

Caesar: Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
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.
 
---Julius Caesar,  Act ii, scene ii


 

Caesar: Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!
                                                                                                
---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene i


 

Cassius: How many ages hence
Shall this our lofty scene be acted over,
In states unborn and accents yet unknown!

                                                                                               ---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene i

 

Brutus: As fire drives out fire, so pity, pity.
                                                                                                 ---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene i

 

Antony: O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!

                                                                                                                         ---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene i

 

Antony: Cry Havoc! and let slip the dogs of war.
                                                                                                                    ---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene i


 

Antony: Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it wa s a grievous fault;
And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest,
For Brutus is an honorable man;
So are they all, all honorable men,
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honorable man.

                                                                                      ---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene ii


 

Antony: The most unkindest cut of all.
                                                                                 ---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene ii


 

Antony: O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason.

                                                                                                                                ---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene ii


 

Antony: My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

                                                                                                                             ---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene ii


 

Antony: If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
                                                                                                                                 ---Julius Caesar,  Act iii, scene ii

 

Cinna the Poet: I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet.
                                                                                                        s Caesar,  Act iii, scene iii

 

Brutus: There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

                                                               ---Julius Caesar,  Act iv, scene iii


 

Brutus: Remember March, the ides of March remember:
Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?
What villain touch'd his body, that did stab,
And not for justice? What, shall one of us
That struck the foremost man of all this world
But for supporting robbers, shall we now
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes,
And sell the mighty space of our large honours
For so much trash as may be grasped thus?
I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman.

                                                                                             ---Julius Caesar,  Act iv, scene iii


 

Brutus: There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats,
For I am arm'd so strong in honesty
That they pass by me as the idle wind,
Which I respect not.

                                                                              ---Julius Caesar,  Act iv, scene iii
 



 

Cassius: Come, Antony, and young Octavius, come,
Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius,
For Cassius is aweary of the world;
Hated by one he loves; braved by his brother;
Cheque'd like a bondman; all his faults observed,
Set in a note-book, learn'd, and conn'd by rote,
To cast into my teeth. O, I could weep
My spirit from mine eyes! There is my dagger,
And here my naked breast; within, a heart
Dearer than Plutus' mine, richer than gold:
If that thou be'st a Roman, take it forth;
I, that denied thee gold, will give my heart:
Strike, as thou didst at Caesar; for, I know,
When thou didst hate him worst, thou lovedst him better
Than ever thou lovedst Cassius.

                                                                                            ---Julius Caesar,  Act iv, scene iii

 

Brutus: O, that a man might know
The end of this day's business ere it come!
But it sufficeth that the day will end,
And then the end is known.But this same day
Must end that work the ides of March begun;
And whether we shall meet again I know not.
Therefore our everlasting farewell take:
For ever, and for ever, farewell, Cassius!
If we do meet again, why, we shall smile;
If not, why, then, this parting was well made.

                                                                  ---Julius Caesar,  Act v, scene i

 

Brutus: O, that a man might know
The end of this day's business ere it come!
But it sufficeth that the day will end,
And then the end is known.

                                                          ---Julius Caesar,  Act v, scene i

 

Brutus: Caesar, now be still:
I kill'd not thee with half so good a will.

                                                  ---Julius Caesar,  Act v, scene v


 

Antony: This was the noblest Roman of 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 mix'd in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, This was a man!

                                                             ---Julius Caesar,  Act v, scene v


 

Octavius: So call the field to rest: and let's away,
To part the glories of this happy day.

                                                                         ---Julius Caesar,  Act v, scene v


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