William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He loves us not,
    He wants the natural touch. For the poor wren,
    The most diminutive of birds, will fight,
    Her young ones in the nest, against the owl.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macduff, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 2, l. 8-11. On Macduff, her husband, who has gone to England, and left her and her child unprotected; "wants the natural touch" means lacks natural affection for his family.
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  • ''There was never yet philosopher
    That could endure the toothache patiently.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 35-6. Rejecting his brother's attempt to soothe him.
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  • ''Lay on, Macduff,
    And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 8, l. 33-4.
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  • ''If you were born to honor, show it now;
    If put upon you, make the judgment good
    That thought you worthy of it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Marina, in Pericles, act 4, sc. 6, l. 92-4. Held in a brothel, she appeals to Lysimachus not to attempt sex with her.
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  • ''Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Nym, in Henry V, act 2, sc. 1, l. 23-4.
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  • ''Yet I'll not shed her blood,
    Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow,
    And smooth as monumental alabaster.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 3-5. Seeing Desdemona as like an effigy in alabaster on a tomb.
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  • ''Here's flowers for you:
    Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram,
    The marigold, that goes to bed wi'the sun,
    And with him rises, weeping.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Perdita, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 103-6. Giving "Hot" flowers to Polixenes and Camillo as appropriate to older men, perhaps as restorative in some way.
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  • ''Let music sound while he doth make his choice;
    Then if he lose he makes a swan-like end,
    Fading in music.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2, l. 43-5. The swan was proverbially supposed to sing before dying.
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  • ''Never so rich a gem
    Was set in worse than gold.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince of Morocco, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 7, l. 54-5. Convincing himself that Portia's image will be in the golden casket.
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  • ''I am not in the giving vein today.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 4, sc. 2, l. 116. Refusing to give Buckingham the reward he promised.
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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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