As You Like It
As You Like It Foolishness and Folly Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to The Norton Shakespeare, second edition, published in 2008.
Invest me in my motley; give me leave
To speak my mind, and I will through and through
Cleanse the foul body of th' infected world,
If they will patiently receive my medicine.
Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding sin:
For thou thyself hast been a libertine,
As sensual as the brutish sting itself;
And all the embossed sores and headed evils,
That thou with license of free foot hast caught,
Wouldst thou disgorge into the general world. (2.7.3)
Jaques begs Duke Senior to appoint him as his official licensed fool so Jaques can Jaques point out everybody's flaws and cure "th'infected world "of all its problems. Duke Senior's not buying any of this nonsense – he points out that Jaques is more likely to infect the entire world with venereal disease ("embossed sores and headed evils) than to cure it of anything.
The worst fault you have is to be in love.
'Tis a fault I will not change for your best virtue.
I am weary of you.
By my troth, I was seeking for a fool when I found
He is drowned in the brook: look but in, and you
shall see him.
There I shall see mine own figure.
Which I take to be either a fool or a cipher. (3.2.9)
Jaques bags on Orlando for being in love, but Jaques is no match for Orlando's quick wit. Here, Orlando tricks Jaques into admitting that he's a fool.
For a taste:
If a hart do lack a hind,
Let him seek out Rosalind.
If the cat will after kind,
So be sure will Rosalind.
Winter garments must be lined,
So must slender Rosalind.
They that reap must sheaf and bind;
Then to cart with Rosalind.
Sweetest nut hath sourest rind,
Such a nut is Rosalind.
He that sweetest rose will find
Must find love's prick and Rosalind.
This is the very false gallop of verses: why do you
infect yourself with them? (3.2.12)
When Touchstone finds out that Orlando has been littering the forest with bad poetry about Rosalind, he pokes fun at Orlando's rhyming, sing-songy verse by making up a poem of his own. Touchstone also manages to get in a few jabs about Rosalind while he's at it.