Hotspur: O gentlemen, the time of life is short!
To spend that shortness basely were too long,
If life did ride upon a dial's point,
Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
Duke Senior: True is it that we have seen better days,
And have with holy bell been knolled to church.
Oxford: For my part, I'll not trouble thee with words.
Somerset: Nor I, but stoop with patience to my fortune.
King John: Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us?
Chatillon: Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France
In my behaviour to the majesty,
The borrowed majesty, of England here.
Prospero: If thou neglect'st or dost unwillingly
What I command, I'll rack thee with old cramps,
Fill all thy bones with aches, make thee roar
That beasts shall tremble at thy din.
Fool: Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
Hamlet: These indeed seem, for they are actions that a man might play. But I have that within which passeth show; these but the trappings and the suits of woe.
Hamlet [to Polonius]: Good my lord, will you see the players well bestowed? Do you hear, let them be well used, for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time. After your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.
Lady Macbeth: Th' attempt and not the deed
Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready;
He could not miss 'em.
Polonius: This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.