“Of one that loved not wisely but too well”

OTHELLO: I pray you, in your letters,  When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak Of one that lov'd not wisely but too well; Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought, Perplex'd in the extreme…   This line is from the swan-song of Shakespeare famous character, Othello. Othello kills himself, as he has gone mad: one of the men he trusted, Iago cheated on him by pretending he is his friend. Read more [...]

“a foregone conclusion.”

Othello: O monstrous, monstrous! Iago: Nay, this was but his dream. Othello: But this denoted a foregone conclusion. Iago: 'Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream, And this may help to thicken other proofs, That do demonstrate thinly.   These lines are from Act III Scene 3 from Shakespeare’s play Othello. In this part Othello is already under Iago’s spell and believes that Desdemona has betrayed him. He also believes that Cassio’s alleged dreams are due to adultery Read more [...]

“How poor are they that have not patience!”

RODERIGO: I do follow here in the chase, not like a hound that hunts, but one that fills up the cry. My money is almost spent; I have been to-night exceedingly well cudgelled; and I think the issue will be, I shall have so much experience for my pains, and so, with no money at all and a little more wit, return again to Venice.   IAGO: How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? Thou know'st we work by wit, and not by witchcraft; And wit Read more [...]

“I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.”

LADY MACBETH Was the hope drunk Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since? And wakes it now, to look so green and pale At what it did so freely? From this time Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valour As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' Like the poor cat i' the adage? MACBETH Prithee, peace: I dare Read more [...]

“What’s done is done”

LADY MACBETH  Nought's had, all's spent,  Where our desire is got without content:  Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. Enter MACBETH How now, my lord! why do you keep alone, Of sorriest fancies your companions making, Using those thoughts which should indeed have died With them they think on? Things without all remedy Should be without regard: what's done is done. MACBETH  We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it: She'll Read more [...]

“There’s daggers in men’s smiles”

MALCOLM What will you do? Let's not consort with them: To show an unfelt sorrow is an office Which the false man does easy. I'll to England. DONALBAIN To Ireland, I; our separated fortune Shall keep us both the safer: where we are, : the near in blood, The nearer bloody. MALCOLM This murderous shaft that's shot Hath not yet lighted, and our safest way Is to avoid the aim. Therefore, to horse; And let us not be dainty of leave-taking, But shift away: there's warrant in that theft Which Read more [...]
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