William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Why, my cheese, my digestion, why hast thou not served thyself in to my table, so many meals?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Achilles, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3, l. 41-2.
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  • ''The gentleness of all the gods go with thee!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 1, l. 44. Bidding farewell to his friend Sebastian.
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  • ''I drink the air before me, and return
    Or ere your pulse twice beat.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ariel, in The Tempest, act 5, sc. 1, l. 102-3. To Prospero, as he is sent off to fetch the captain and boatswain of Alonso's ship.
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  • ''Since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that
    the world can say against it; and therefore never flout at me for what I have said against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 4, l. 105-9. Defending his change from being a confirmed bachelor.
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  • ''Art thou some god, some angel, or some devil,
    That mak'st my blood cold, and my hair to stare?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 279-80. Seeing the ghost of Caesar.
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  • ''Let me have men about me that are fat,
    Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights.
    Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look.
    He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 193-6 (1623).
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  • ''Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
    Like a colossus, and we petty men
    Walk under his huge legs and peep about
    To find ourselves dishonorable graves.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 135-8. Referring to Caesar; the colossus was a gigantic figure of the sun-god Apollo that stood astride the entrance to the harbor at Rhodes.
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  • ''O limed soul, that struggling to be free
    Art more engaged!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 3, l. 68-9. Attempting to pray for forgiveness, he becomes more conscious of his guilt; "limed" means caught in birdlime, a sticky substance smeared on twigs to catch birds.
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  • ''A great cause of the night is lack of the sun.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Corin, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 28. The shepherd's homespun philosophy.
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  • ''I thank you. I am not of many words, but I thank you.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don John, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 157-8. On being welcomed by Leonato, Don John establishes his taciturn nature.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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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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