ADRIANA--Ay, Ay, Antipholus
ANGELO--From Thee, Even From Thy Virtue!
ANGELO--Who Will Believe Thee
ANGELO--When I Would Pray And Think
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS--My Leige I Am Advised
ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE--Sweet Mistress
ANTONIO--But Little: I Am Arm'd
ANTONY--Friends, Romans, Countrymen
ANTONY--O Pardon Me
ARTHUR--Too Fairly, Hubert, For So Foul Effect:
BASSANIO--What Find I Here?
BASSANIO--O Sweet Portia
BEATRICE--Is A Not Approved
BENEDICK--I Do Much Wonder
BENEDICK--O, She Misused Me
BENEDICK--This Can Be No Trick
BEROWNE--O! And I Forsooth In Love
BOTTOM--When My Cue Comes
BOYET--Under The Cool Shade
CAESAR--I Must Prevent Thee, Cimber
CASSIUS--I Know That Virtue
CASSIUS--I Will Do So
CASSIUS--Why Man, He Doth Bestride
CHORUS--Two Households, Both Alike In Dignity
CLEOPATRA--No More, But E'en A Woman
CLAUDIO--Ay, But To Die
CLAUDIUS--O, My Offense Is Rank
CONSTANCE--Thou Art Not Holy
CRESSIDA--Boldness Comes To Me Now
CRESSIDA--O You Immortal Gods
DEMETRIUS--My Lord, Fair Helen Told Me
DESDEMONA--O Good Iago
DOGBERRY--Dost Thou Not Suspect
DUCHESS/ELINOR--Why Droops My Lord
DUCHESS/ELINOR--Come You, My Lord
DUKE VINCENTIO--No, Holy Father
EDGAR--I Heard Myself Proclaimed
EDMUND--Thou, Nature, Art My Goddess
EGEUS--Happy Be Theseus
EMILIA (Othello)--But I Do Think
EMILIA (TNK)--That You Would Ne'er Deny Me
ENOBARBUS--I Will Tell You
FERDINAND--Let Fame, That All Hunt
GLOUCESTER--Was Ever Woman
GONERIL--Did My Father Strike
GONERIL--Not Only, Sir
GRUMIO--Now I Begin: Imprimis
HAMLET--O That This Too Too Sullied Flesh
HAMLET--I Will Tell You Why
HAMLET--Now I Am Alone
HAMLET--O All You Host Of Heaven
HAMLET--To Be Or Not To Be
HAMLET--Speak The Speech, I Pray You
HAMLET--Now I Might Do It Pat
HAMLET--How All Occasions Do Inform
HELENA (AMND)--How Happy Some
HELENA (AMND)--Lo! She Is One
HELENA (AMND)--O Spite! O Hell!
HELENA (AWTEW)--Then I Confess (PNAO)
HELENA (AWTEW)--Till I Have No Wife
HERMIONE--Since What I Am To Say
HERMIONE--Sir, Spare Your Thoughts
HERO--Why You Speak Truth
IACHIMO--The Crickets Sing
IAGO--And What's He Then
IMOGEN--I See A Man's Life
IMOGEN--Oh, For A Horse With Wings
ISABELLA--To Whom Should I Complain
JAILER'S DAUGHTER--Why Should I Love
JAILER'S DAUGHTER--Let All The Dukes
JAQUES--A Fool, A Fool!
JAQUES--All The World's A Stage
JOAN LA PUCELLE--The Regent Conquers
JULIA--And Yet I Would I Had
JULIA--Nay Would I Were So Anger'd
JULIA--How Many Woman
JULIA--And She Shall Thank You For't
JULIET--Farewell! God Knows When
JULIET--Shall I Speak Ill
JULIET--O Romeo, Romeo!
JULIET--The Clock Struck Nine
JULIET--Thou Know'st The Mask
KATHARINA--Fie! Fie! Unknit
KING HENRY IV--I Know Thee Not, Old Man
KING HENRY V--St Crispian
KING HENRY V--We Are Glad The Dauphin
KING RICHARD II--No Matter Where
LADY ANNE--Foul Devil
LADY ANNE Set Down, Set Down
LADY ANNE--When He That
LADY MACBETH--Was The Hope Drunk
LADY PERCY--Go Not To These Wars
LAUNCE--Nay, 'Twill Be This Hour
LAUNCELOT--Certainly My Conscience
LAERTES--Think It No More
LEWIS--Your Grace Shall Pardon Me
LUCIANA--And May It Be
MACBETH--If It Were Done
MACBETH--Is This A Dagger
MACBETH--Two Truths Are Told
MALVOLIO--Daylight And Champaign
MARK ANTONY--Hark! The Land Bids Me
MISTRESS PAGE--What, Have I Scaped Love-Letters
MISTRESS QUICKLY--Marry, If Thou Wert
NURSE--Even Or Odd
OBERON--I Know A Bank
OBERON--Well, Go Thy Way
OBERON--Welcome, Good Robin
OLIVIA--'What Is Your Parentage?'
OLIVIA--O By Your Leave
OPHELIA--They Bore Him Barefaced (mad scene)
ORSINO--If Music Be The Food Of Love
PAULINA--What Studied Torments, Tyrant
PAROLLES--Save You Fair Queen!
PETRUCHIO--Thus Have I Potilically Begun My Reign
PHEBE-- I Would Not Be Thy Executioner
PHEBE--Think Not I Love Him
PISANIO--How Of Adultery
POLONIUS--Yet Here, Laertes!
PORTER--Here's A Knocking Indeed
PORTIA (JC)--Brutus Is Wise/Is Brutus Sick
PORTIA (JC)--Not For Yours Neither
PORTIA (TMOV)--Come On Nerissa
PORTIA (TMOV)--The Quality Of Mercy
PORTIA (TMOV)--I Pray You Tarry
PORTIA (TMOV)--You See Me, Lord Bassanio
PRINCESS OF FRANCE--Good Lord Boyet
PRINCESS OF FRANCE--A Time, Methinks,Too Short
PROSPERO--And Mine Shall
PROTEUS--Even As One Heat
PUCK--Through The Forest
PUCK--If We Shadows
QUEEN MARGARET--My Lord Of Suffolk
QUEEN MARGARET--Brave Warriors
ROMEO--'Tis Torture And Not Mercy
ROSALIND--And Why I Pray You
SEBASTIAN--This Is The Air
SHEPARD--I Would There Were No Age
SHYLOCK--If It Will Feed Nothing Else
SHYLOCK--I Have Possess'd Your Grace
TAMORA--Not So, My Lord
TITANIA--These Are The Forgeries Of Jealousy
TITANIA--Set Your Heart At Rest
TOUCHSTONE--Upon A Lie
TRINCULO--Here's Neither Bush Nor Shrub
VIOLA--I Left No Ring With Her
VOLUMNIA--Nay, Go Not From Us Thus
YOUNG CLIFFORD--Shame And Confusion
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DEFLORES--Yonder's she. What ail's me?
MRS. SULLEN--O sister, sister! if ever you marry
ARCHER-- Those are the most miserable wights in being
AIMWELL--There’s something in that which may turn to advantage
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ACASTE--By Jove, when I survey myself
ALCESTE--Frankly, that sonnet should be pigeonholed
ARSINOE--That won't be necessary
CELIMENE--Madam, I haven't taken you amiss
CELIMENE--Madame, do not misjudge my attitude:
CELIMENE--Oh, stop it. Don't be such a jealous dunce
ELIANTE--Love, as a rule, affects men otherwise
CLEANTE--So I've been told before
DORINE--Yes, so he tells us
ELMIRE--Yes. I've a little secret to unfold
TARTUFFE--I may be pious, but I'm human, too
ORGON--Oh, had you seen Tartuffe as I first knew him
PHILINTE--Come, let's forget the follies of the times
The Learned Ladies
ARISTE--For shame. That's nonsense
ARMANDE--Oh dear, you crave such squalid satisfaction
CLITANDRE--Well, I'm aware, though you may blush to hear it
HENRIETTE--But Heaven, in its wise omnipotence
HENRIETTE--No, no: first love, Sir, is too strong a feeling
The Duchess of Malfi
DUCHESS--The misery of us that are born great!
The Importance of Being Earnest
ALGERNON--I haven’t the smallest intention of doing anything of the kind
GWENDOLYN--Oh! It is strange he never mentioned to me that he had a ward
JACK--I fear there can be no possible doubt about the matter
SALOME--There is no sound. I hear nothing.
SALOME--Ah, Iokanaan, Iokanaan, thou wert a man...
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BARBARA--That Is Why
CANDIDA--Never Mind That
CAPTAIN SHOTOVER--A Man's Interest
CAUCHON--You Mistake Me, My Lord
DOOLITTLE--Dont Say That, Governor
DUNOIS--I Think That God
GUNNER--Dont Be Alarmed, Ma'am
JOAN--Ah, If, If, If, If
JOAN--Where Would You All
JOAN--Yes, They Told Me
JOHNNY--If Kipling Wants To Remember
LADY UTTERWORD--I Know What You Must Feel
LINA--But Your Johnny
LIVINIA--No, I Couldn't.
LORD SUMMERHAYS--Smash it. Dont hesitate: it's an ugly thing.
MANGAN--Of Course You Don't Understand
MRS WARREN--I Mean That Youre Throwing
MRS WARREN--Well, Of Course Dearie
PERCIVAL--Well, But Does That Matter
ROBERT--It Isnt Service, Polly
THE DEVIL--Well, Well, Go Your Way
THE INQUISITOR--I Submit To You
THE MAN--No, Thats Just It
VIVIE--It Would Not Matter
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BORKIN--Hang on a minute, I do believe today's Sasha's Birthday, eh?
IVANOV--It's only too true. I suppose I'm very much to blame...
ANNA--I'm beginning to think I've been unlucky, Doctor.
ANNA--I'm really surprised how long-suffering you all are.
IVANOV--I don't understand it. It seems to me that either...but no.
SASHA--There are a lot of things that men don't understand.
IVANOV--Do you think so? No, I'm not mad.
The Cherry Orchard
LOPAKHIN--I wish I could tell you something...
RANEVSKAYA--Oh, my sins---I've always squandered money...
TROFIMOV--Mankind goes forward, perfecting his powers.
TROFIMOV--Varya is so afraid...
LOPAKHIN--I bought it!
The Sea Gull
TREPLEV--Why? She's bored. And jealous.
TREPLEV--We need new forms. New forms are needed...
TREPLEV--This began the evening that my play failed so stupidly.
TRIGORIN--Well, then, let's talk. We'll talk about my beautiful, brilliant life.
NINA--Why do you say you kissed the ground I walked on?
The Three Sisters
VERSHININ--You know a great deal that is useless!
CHEBUTYKIN--The hell with them--all of them!
VERSHININ--When the fire broke out I ran home as fast as I could....
IRINA--Where? Where has it all gone?
OLGA--Darling, I'm speaking to you as a sister, as a friend...
MASHA--My dear sisters, I want to confess.
ANDREI--I'll just say it and then go.
KULYGIN--Well, today the military are leaving and everything will get back to normal.
KULYGIN--My dear sister-in-law, may I offer you...
TUZENBACH--What trifles, what silly little things....
ASTROV--Yes...in ten years I've become a different man.
ASTROV--You can heat your stoves with peat and build your barns with brick.
ELENA--Ah, both indolent AND bored!
ASTROV--On the whole, I love life, but our narrow, provincial Russian life...I cannot endure.
ELENA--It's not a question of forests and medicine...
ELENA--There's nothing worse than knowing someone's secret...
VANYA--I am ashamed! If you only knew how ashamed I am!
SONYA--What can we do, though? We must live our lives!
The Wild Duck
HEDWIG--Daddy! Daddy! Don't go away from me.
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