The question about favorite lines from Hamlet inspired me to create this group. I'd love for whoever feels the muse to create more discussions about Shakespeare himself. To get started, what is your favorite line from all of Shakespeare's plays? The line that got me through near-impossible printer deadlines when I was editing is from Henry V: "Once more unto the breach, dear friends!"
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I quite like the one-liner "I defy you stars" from Romeo. Seems to sum up so much of his anger at being a plaything of fate and his desire to outwit destiny, leading to his extreme self-annihiliating act at the end.
However, Prospero's "Now are revels are ended" is also a personal favourite. So many Shakespeare quotes, so little time.
Ok, sticking to Beatrice and Benedick for a minute: "But a star danced, and under that I was born."
Also, from Macbeth: "Wine provokes the desire, but takes away the performance"
#8 - Yes, yes, yes - Isn't it great, especially considering what a "confirmed bachelor" Benedick was in the lines I mentioned? :)
My favorite quotations are where Shakespeare spends some lines letting his audience know just how good of a writer he really is - love the arrogance.
Cassius: ...How many ages hence shall this our lofty scene be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown.
Prince of Verona: For never was there a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
Dang! Every time somebody adds a favorite line, it makes me think of another one I love.
Benedick to Beatrice: "Serve God, love me, and mend."
Any man who says that to me has won my heart forever!
Oh, amethystrose, you got mine! :) I LOVE that speech, and am currently memorizing it for an acting class I'm taking. It's very difficult for me to say the words aloud because I get so choked up!
Okay, more of my favorites are in the dialogue between Beatrice and Benedick in 1.1 of "Much Ado":
BEATRICE--I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior
Benedick: nobody marks you.
BEATRICE--Is it possible disdain should die while she hath
such meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick?
Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you come
in her presence.
BENEDICK--Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I
am loved of all ladies, only you excepted: and I
would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard
heart; for, truly, I love none.
BEATRICE--A dear happiness to women: they would else have
been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God
and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I
had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man
swear he loves me.
Also, when Claudio asks, concerning Hero:
"Can the world buy such a jewel?"
and Benedick replies, "Yea, and a case to put it into!" :)
My favorite monologue is the St. Crispian's Day speech from Henry V, but I really like these lines:
"...we in it shall be remembered--
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother..."
How about her "Screw your courage to the sticking place"? I love it!
I love Macbeth--one of my favorite lines is from Lady Macbeth:
"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it." It really shows the extent of her evil...I'm afraid what it says about me since I like it so much. Ha!
It's been so long since I've read Twelfth Night that I forgot that line was from Shakespeare. What an amazing man he must have been!
Twelfth Night and The Tempest are my all-time favorites. . . so I'll give you a quote from both.
TN: Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
TT: He that dies pays all debts.
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