William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Stand not upon the order of your going,
    But go at once.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 118-9.
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  • ''Adultery? Thou shalt not die. Die for adultery!
    No, the wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly
    Does lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 5, l. 110-12 (1623). Speaking to the blinded Gloucester, whom he believes has come to ask forgiveness.
  • ''Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,
    Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
    That in a spleen unfolds both heaven and earth,
    And, ere a man hath power to say "Behold!"
    The jaws of darkness do devour it up.
    So quick bright things come to confusion.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lysander, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 144-9. On the nature of human love, and life; "collied" means blackened (as with coal dust); "in a spleen" means fit of temper.
  • ''Nay, had I power, I should
    Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,
    Uproar the universal peace, confound
    All unity on earth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malcolm, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 3, l. 97-100. "Uproar" means throw into confusion.
  • ''They are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing. It is no mean happiness therefore to be seated in the mean.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Nerissa, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 2, l. 5-8. "In the mean" means between extremes of too much and too little.
  • ''Ill will never said well.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orleans, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 7, l. 13. Proverbial.
  • ''Our kindred, though they be long ere they be wooed, they are constant being won; they are burrs, I can tell you, they'll stick where they are thrown.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pandarus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 109-12. Praising his niece, Cressida.
  • ''Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice,
    Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3, l. 68-9. Advice to his son; "censure" means opinion.
  • ''I feel me much to blame
    So idly to profane the precious time.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 361-2. News of war makes Hal realize he is wasting time; "profane" means violate, treat with contempt.
  • ''So now prosperity begins to mellow
    And drop into the rotten mouth of death.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen, Margaret in Richard III, act 4, sc. 4, l. 1-2. Happy to see Richard's fortunes declining and her enemies being destroyed.

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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

All The World's A Stage

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in ...

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Sonnet Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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