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Old February 12th, 2007, 02:00 PM   #1

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Favorite line of Shakespeare?

What is your favorite line/speech of the Great Bard?


"Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion
Carved out his passage till he faced the slave,
Which ne'er shook hands nor bade farewell to him
Till he unseamed him from the nave to th' chops,
And fixed his head upon our battlements."

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Old February 20th, 2007, 06:50 PM   #2
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Re: Favorite line of Shakespeare?

Man you sure pick them, I can still picture Macbeth's head on that spear from that Roman Polanski movie we watched in high school.

Because I read most of my Shakespeare in high school and we were dissecting frogs around the same time ...my favorite line was

Cornwall: "Out vile jelly!
Where is thy lustre now?"

King Lear
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Old July 26th, 2007, 04:49 AM   #3

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Re: Favorite line of Shakespeare?

"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

~~~ Hamlet (I, v, 166-167)
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 08:45 AM   #4

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Re: Favorite line of Shakespeare?

It's not a line but this has always been by far my favourite passage:

Now, Hamlet, where's Polonius?

At supper.

At supper! where?

Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain
convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your
worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all
creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for
maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but
variable service, two dishes, but to one table:
that's the end.

Alas, alas!

A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a
king, and cat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

What dost you mean by this?

Nothing but to show you how a king may go a
progress through the guts of a beggar.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 12:32 PM   #5

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Re: Favorite line of Shakespeare?

"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle.
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Singnifying nothing."

It gives me the shivers everytime I read and hear it. I had the pleasure to watch Sean Bean' performance of Macbeth in London, and his voice reciting the soliloquy is deep deep in my mind...
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 08:15 AM   #6
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Re: Favorite line of Shakespeare?

you are a lover, borrow cupid's wings - romeo and juliet
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 09:26 AM   #7

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Re: Favorite line of Shakespeare?

"Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once."

--From Julius Caesar (II, ii, 32-37)

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Old October 3rd, 2007, 10:21 AM   #8

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"Brevity is the soul of wit" Hamlet (act II scene II)
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 03:22 PM   #9

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Re: Favorite line of Shakespeare?

This is not a line but my favorite sonnet and one line does not do it justice.

From Shakespeare's Sonnet 18:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Other well know favorites one liners

A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse. Richard 111

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; Julius Caesar

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well. Hamlet

The tempest

Yes, for a score of kingdoms you should wrangle,
And I would call it, fair play.

This is where fair dinkum come from - yep fair dinkum

There are so many great lines – could go on all day!
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Old October 9th, 2007, 06:31 AM   #10

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Re: Favorite line of Shakespeare?

Not sure which play, but:

"Life is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
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