There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
—Hamlet in Hamlet
From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain, and nourish all the world.
—Berowne in Love’s Labor’s Lost
The wheel is come full circle: I am here.
—Edmund in King Lear
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.
—Jaques in As You Like It
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
—Escalus in Measure for Measure
I burn, I pine, I perish.
—Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew
This above all: to thine ownself be true.
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
—Polonius in Hamlet
Come, let’s away to prison;
We two alone will sing like birds i’ the cage:
When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down,
And ask of thee forgiveness: so we’ll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Talk of court news.
—Lear in King Lear