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Twelfth Night: Famous Lines

Twelfth Night: Famous Lines

William Shakespeare coined a number of phrases that we still use today, including (in varying forms) the following from Twelfth Night.


“If music be the food of love, play on.”

-Duke Orsino 1.1.1 


“My purpose is, indeed a horse of that colour.”

-Maria 2.3.148


“I am all the daughters of my father’s house and all the brothers too.”

-Viola 2.4.118


“Still you keep o’ th’ windy side of law; good.”

-Fabian 2.4.147 


“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”

-Malvolio 2.5.128 


“Why, this is very midsummer madness.”

-Olivia 3.4.50