William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''The younger rises when the old doth fall.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edmund, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 3, l. 25. Varying the proverb, "the rising of one man is the falling of another."
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  • ''A pox of this gout! or a gout of this pox! for the one or the
    other plays the rogue with my great toe.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 243-5. Diseases brought on by lechery ("pox" means syphilis) and drinking.
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  • ''The earth, that's nature's mother, is her tomb.
    What is her burying grave, that is her womb.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Friar Lawrence, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 3, l. 9-10. "Earth is the mother of us all" was proverbial, but the Friar develops the paradox that everything nature brings to birth also dies.
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  • ''He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one,
    Exceeding wise, fair-spoken and persuading.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Griffith, in Henry VIII, act 4, sc. 2, l. 51-2. Speaking of Wolsey's good qualities.
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  • ''This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile
    promontory.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 298-9.
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  • ''I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,
    When in a wood of Crete they bayed the bear
    With hounds of Sparta: never did I hear
    Such gallant chiding; for besides the groves,
    The skies, the fountains, every region near
    Seemed all one mutual cry. I never heard
    So musical a discord, such sweet thunder.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hippolyta, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 112-8. Theseus is here associated with classical legends in praise of hunting with a pack of hounds; "bayed" means brought to bay.
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  • ''A fellow almost damned in a fair wife.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 1, sc. 1, l. 22. Describing Cassio.
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  • ''This bud of love by summer's ripening breath
    May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 121-2. Reassuring herself and Romeo that their love may flourish.
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  • ''I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say, "I
    love you"; then if you urge me farther than to say, "Do you
    in faith?," I wear out my suit.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 126-9. "Wear out my suit" means use up all my words of love; Henry presents himself as a plain man to Katherine.
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  • ''O tiger's heart wrapped in a woman's hide!
    How couldst thou drain the lifeblood of the child,
    To bid the father wipe his eyes withal,
    And yet be seen to bear a woman's face?
    Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible;
    Thou stern, obdurate, flinty, rough, remorseless.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Henry VI, Pt. III (I, iv). FaPoR. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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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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