SHAKESPEARE'S COMEDIES

And my favorite quote from each one.
  1. Comedy of Errors (1592)
    He that commends me to mine own content commends me to the thing I cannot get. I to the world am like a drop of water that in the ocean seeks another drop, who, falling there to find his fellow forth, unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself: So I, to find a mother and a brother, in quest of them, unhappy, lose myself. (Antipholus, Act I, sc 2)
  2. Taming of the Shrew (1593)
    Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne'er be younger. (Sly, Induction sc ii)
  3. Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594)
    She dreams of him that has forgot her love; You dote on her that cares not for your love. 'Tis pity love should be so contrary; And thinking of it makes me cry 'alas! (Julia, Act IV, sc iv)
  4. Love's Labour's Lost (1594)
    A jest's prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, never in the tongue of him that makes it. (Rosaline, Act V, sc ii)
  5. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)
    I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell, To die upon the hand I love so well. (Helena, Act II, sc i)
  6. The Merchant of Venice (1596)
    But mercy is above this sceptred sway; It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's when mercy seasons justice. (Portia, Act IV, sc i)
  7. Much Ado About Nothing (1598)
    For it falls out that what we have we prize not to the worth whiles we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost, why, then we rack the value, then we find the virtue that possession would not show us while it was ours. (Friar Francis, Act IV, s i)
  8. As You Like It (1599)
    Time travels in diverse paces with diverse persons. I’ll tell you who time ambles withal, who time trots withal, who time gallops withal, and who he stands still withal. (Rosalind, Act III, s ii)
  9. Twelfth Night (1599)
    Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better. (Olivia, Act III, sc i)
  10. The Merry Wives of Windsor (1600)
    O, what a world of vile ill-favour'd faults looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year! (Anne Page, Act III, sc iv)
  11. All's Well That Ends Well (1602)
    Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none: be able for thine enemy rather in power than use, and keep thy friend under thy own life's key: be check'd for silence, but never tax'd for speech. (The Countess, Act 1, sc i)
  12. Measure for Measure (1604)
    Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. (Lucio, Act I, sc iv)
  13. The Winter's Tale (1610)
    What's gone and what's past help should be past grief. (Paulina, Act III, sc ii)
  14. The Tempest (1611)
    Me, poor man, my library was dukedom large enough. (Prospero, Act I, sc ii)