Famous quotes

The most famous speech in As You Like It is the Seven Ages of Man, which begins 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players' (Act 2, Scene 7). But there are several well-known quotes and phrases from the play, below are a selection in the order they appear.

Celia: 'Well said: that was laid on with a trowel' (Act 1, Scene 2)

Orlando: 'Thus must I from the smoke into the smother; from tyrant duke unto a tyrant brother' (Act 1, Scene 2)

Rosalind: 'O, how full of briers is this working-day world!' (Act 1, Scene 3)

Rosalind: 'Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold' (Act 1, Scene 3)

Adam: 'Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, frosty, but kindly' (Act 2, Scene 3)

Silvius: 'In thy youth thou wast as true a lover as ever sighed upon a midnight pillow' (Act 2, Scene 4)

Touchstone: 'We that are true lovers run into strange capers' (Act 2, Scene 4)

Rosalind: 'Thou speakest wiser than thou art ware of' (Act 2, Scene 4)

Amiens (song): 'Under the greenwood tree...' (Act 2, Scene 5)

Jaques: 'I met a fool i' the forest, a motley fool' (Act 2, Scene 7)

Jaques: 'And thereby hangs a tale' (Act 2, Scene 7)

Rosalind: 'Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak' (Act 3, Scene 2)

Rosalind: 'Down on your knees, and thank heaven, fasting, for a good man's love' (Act 3, Scene 5)

Rosalind: 'I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine' (Act 3, Scene 5)

Orlando: 'For ever and a day' (Act 4, Scene 1)

Orlando: 'Oh! how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes' (Act 5, Scene 2)

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