Shakespeare’s Richard II contains many famous lines. Here are the most memorable of them all.
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
The ripest fruit first falls.
For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings.
Old John of Gaunt, time-honoured Lancaster.
Truth hath a quiet breast.
Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs.
Go thou and fill another room in hell.
Take honour from me, and my life is done.
O, call back yesterday, bid time return!
Such is the breath of kings.