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

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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