William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Holofernes, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 5, sc. 1, l. 16-17. Describing Armado's extravagant language; "staple" = fiber.
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  • ''Trifles light as air
    Are to the jealous confirmation strong
    As proofs of holy writ.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 322-4. "Holy writ" means scripture.
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  • ''Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night.
    Give me my Romeo, and when I shall die,
    Take him and cut him out in little stars
    And he will make the face of heaven so fine
    That all the world will be in love with night,
    And pay no worship to the garish sun.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 20-5. Expressing her adoration of Romeo.
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  • '''Tis good for men to love their present pains
    Upon example; so the spirit is eased.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 1, l. 18-9. Soldiers feel better for seeing their betters like the King enduring their discomforts.
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  • ''How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds
    Makes deeds ill done!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King John, in King John, act 4, sc. 2.
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  • ''When our actions do not,
    Our fears do make us traitors.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macduff, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 2, l. 3-4.
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  • ''Hath no man's dagger here a point for me?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1, l. 109.
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  • ''To make society
    The sweeter welcome, we will keep ourself
    Till supper-time alone.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 1, l. 41-3.
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  • ''If I should tell my history, 'twould seem
    Like lies, disdained in the reporting.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Marina, in Pericles, act 5, sc. 1, l. 118-19. In response to Pericles' questions about her; "in the reporting" = in the act of telling.
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  • ''This falls out better than I could devise.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Oberon, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 35. Oberon has succeeded better than he expected in making Titania fall in love with an ass.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Fear No More

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...

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Sonnet Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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