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    1) Shakespeare Quotes

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    Shakespeare Quotes - from Shakespeare content feature.
    All 4 words are from famous quotes in the play, Hamlet. Capital letters are words in the Shakespeare vocabulary puzzles at


    • "Haste me to knowt, that I, with wings as swift/ as meditation or the thoughts of love,/ may sweep to me REVENGE..."
    • "The play is the thing wherein I will catch the CONSCIENCE of the king."
    • "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of INFINITE jest, of most excellent fancy..."
    • "To be or not to be: That is the question. Whether tis nobler of mind to suffer the slings and arrows of OUTRAGEOUS fortune..."

    Other memorable quotes from Hamlet:

    • "What a piece of work man is! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty!"
    • "Somethings rotten in state of Denmark."
    • "Brevity is the soul of wit."
    • "This above all; to thine owns self be true."
    • "Frailty, thy name is Woman!"
    • "To die: to sleep: To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, theres the rub: For in that sleep of death what dreams may come?..."
    • "Now get you to my ladys chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come."
    • "Neither a borrower nor a lender be/..."
    • "Get thee to a nunnery, go!"
    • "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
    • "The time is out of joint: O cursed spite,/That ever I was born to set it right!"

    Famous quotes from Shakespeares other plays:

    • "He was my friend, faithful, and just to me; But Brutus says, he was AMBITIOUS, and Brutus is an honorable man..." - Julius Caesar
    • "OSwear not by the moon, the INCONSTANT moon,/That monthly changes in her circled orb,/Lest that thy love prove likewise variable." - Romeo & Juliet
    • "Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and CAULDRON bubble..." - Macbeth
    • "The lunatic, lover and poet/ Are of IMAGINATION all compact:..." - A Midsummer Nights Dream
    • "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? Deny thy father, and refuse thy name..." - Romeo and Juliet
    • "All the worlds a stage, And all the men and women merely players..." - As You Like It
    • "Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win/ By fearing to attempt..." - Measure For Measure
    • " the clock, tis day,/And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp..." - Macbeth
    • "Out, out brief candle! Lifes but a walking shadow, a poor player/ That struts and frets his hour upon the stage/ And then is heard no more: it is tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing." - Macbeth
    • "Whats in a name?... A rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet." - Romeo and Juliet
    • "Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,/That I shall say good night till it be morrow." - Romeo and Juliet
    • "The course of true love never did run smooth." - Midsummers Night Dream
    • "Ill not budge an inch." ..."And thereby hangs a tale." - The Taming of the Shrew

    A major theme or technique used in Shakespeares works is the "soliloquy" which is the "character-stands-alone" technique. Three of the most famous soliloquies are:

    • "Refrain tonight,/And that shall lend a king of easiness/To the next ABSTINENCE; the next more easy..." - Hamlet
    • "The quality of MERCY is not straind, / It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven / Upon the place beneath: It is twice blessd..." - The Merchant of Venice
    • "The native hue of RESOLUTION/Is sicklied oer with the pale cast of thought..." - Hamlet

    Visit all five interactive vocabulary puzzles celebrating William Shakespeare throughout the year. Remember him particularly in the month of April: April 23rd was the day that "The Bard" was born AND died.


  • Shakespeare five vocabulary puzzles
  • Shakespeare Interactive Puzzle
  • Shakespeare Fill-in-the-Blanks
  • Shakespeare 18 word Definition Match
  • Shakespeare 20 word Crossword
  • Shakespeare 21 word Word Search

    Other valuable web links for Shakespeare are:
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  • 2. from MIT a "complete" Comedy, History, Tragedy, Poetry list with link
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