William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I am constant as the northern star,
    Of whose true-fixed and resting quality
    There is no fellow in the firmament.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 60-2. The pole star thought of as constant and immovable.
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  • ''This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit,
    Which gives men stomach to digest his words
    With better appetite.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 300-2. Describing Casca's forthright manner of speaking.
  • ''In the corrupted currents of this world
    Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice,
    And oft 'tis seen the wicked prize itself
    Buys out the law; but 'tis not so above:
    There is no shuffling.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 3, l. 57-61. As King, Claudius is the law in Denmark; "currents" means transactions; "gilded" means bribing; "shove by" push aside; "shuffling" means evasion.
  • ''He that wants money, means, and content is without three
    good friends.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Corin, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 24-6. Means means opportunity.
  • ''If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do my liking. In the meantime, let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don John, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 3, l. 34-7. If he cannot do any harm, he can be morose and surly.
  • ''We make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars, as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edmund, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 2, l. 120-2. "On" means by.
  • ''You that are old consider not the capacities of us that are
    young.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 173-4. In fact Falstaff is as old as the Chief Justice he is teasing.
  • ''Women may fall when there's no strength in men.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Friar Lawrence, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 3, l. 80. to Romeo, alluding to St. Paul's conception of the wife as the "weaker vessel" to be honored and protected by her husband (1 Peter 3:7).
  • ''Men's evil manners live in brass, their virtues
    We write in water.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Griffith, in King Henry VIII, act 4, sc. 2, l. 45-6 (1623).
  • ''O God, O God,
    How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
    Seem to me all the uses of this world!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 132-4 (1604). Hamlet's first soliloquy of the play, voicing his dismay at the marriage of his mother to Claudius so soon after his father's death.

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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 Li

Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;

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