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'The Winter's Tale' Quotes

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The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare is based on Pandosto; or, The Triumph of Time by Robert Green. The play was likely composed after Cymbeline. Here are a few quotes from The Winter's Tale.
  • "Two lads that thought there was no more behind / But such a day to-morrow as to-day, / And to be boy eternal."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 1.2

  • "We were as twinned lambs that did frisk i' the sun, / And bleat the one at the other: what we changed / Was innocence for innocence; we knew not / The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dreamed That any did."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 1.2

  • "But to be paddling palms and pinching fingers, / As now they are, and making practised smiles, / As in a looking-glass."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 1.2

  • "How like, methought, I then was to this kernel, / This squash, this gentleman."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 1.2

  • "A sad tale's best for winter: I have one / Of sprites and goblins."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 2.1

  • "There may be in the cup / A spider steeped, and one may drink, depart, / And yet partake no venom, for his knowledge / Is not infected: but if one present / Th' abhorred ingredient to his eye, make known / How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides, / With violent hefts. I have drunk, and seen the spider."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 2.1

  • "It is a heretic that makes the fire, / Not she who burns in 't."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 2.3

  • "I am a feather for each wind that blows."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 2.3

  • "What's gone and what's past help / Should be past grief."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 3.2

  • "Exit, pursued by a bear."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 3.3

  • "When daffodils begin to peer, / With heigh! the doxy over the dale, / Why, then comes in the sweet o' the year; / For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.2

  • "While we lie tumbling in the hay."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.2

  • "A snapper-up of unconsidered trifles."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.2

  • "Jog on, jog on, the foot-path way, / And merrily hent the stile-a: / A merry heart goes all the day, / Your sad tires in a mile-a."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.2

  • "For you there's rosemary and rue; these keep / Seeming and savour all the winter long."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.3

  • "The fairest flowers o' the season / Are our carnations and streaked gillyvors, / Which some call nature's bastards."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.3

  • "Here's flowers for you; / Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram; / The marigold, that goes to bed wi' the sun / And with him rises weeping."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.3

  • "O Proserpina, / For the flowers now, that frighted thou let'st fall / From Dis's waggon! daffodils, / That come before the swallow dares, and take / The winds of March with beauty."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.3

  • "Pale primroses, / That die unmarried, ere they can behold / Bright Phœbus in his strength,-a malady / Most incident to maids; bold oxlips and / The crown imperial; lilies of all kinds, / The flower-de-luce being one."
    - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.3

Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare

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