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  • Rude am I in my speech, And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace.
    (William Shakespeare, "Othello")

  • You, Lord Archbishop,
    Whose see is by a civil peace maintain'd,
    Whose beard the silver hand of peace hath touch'd,
    Whose learning and good letters peace hath tutor'd,
    Whose white investments figure innocence,
    The dove, and very blessed spirit of peace-
    Wherefore you do so ill translate yourself
    Out of the speech of peace, that bears such grace,
    Into the harsh and boist'rous tongue of war;
    Turning your books to graves, your ink to blood,
    Your pens to lances, and your tongue divine
    To a loud trumpet and a point of war?
    (William Shakespeare, "Othello")

  • 'Tis not to make me jealous
    To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company,
    Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well;
    Where virtue is, these are more virtuous.
    (William Shakespeare, "Othello")

  • Smile you my speeches, as I were a fool?
    (William Shakespeare, "Othello")

  • Die, prophet, in thy speech.
    (William Shakespeare, "Othello")


  • I do not much dislike the matter, but The manner of his speech.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • First he did praise my beauty, then my speech.
    (William Shakespeare, "Othello")

  • For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, action nor utterance, nor the power of speech, to stir men's blood. I only speak right on. I tell you that which you yourselves do know.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • First Witch He knows thy thought Hear his speech, but say thou nought.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you -- tripping on the tongue but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as Leif the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, the whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • 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.
    (William Shakespeare, "Othello")


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