William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Remember that you call on me today.
    Be near me, that I may remember you.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 2, l. 122-3. To Trebonius, who is one of the conspirators plotting to murder Caesar.
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  • ''The complexion of the element
    In favor's like the work we have in hand,
    Most bloody-fiery, and most terrible.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 128-30. On the terrible storms that occur the night before Caesar is assassinated.
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  • ''Something have you heard
    Of Hamlet's transformation; so I call it,
    Since not th'exterior nor the inward man
    Resembles that it was.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 4-7. To Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, summoned to try to find out what is troubling Hamlet.
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  • ''The property of rain is to wet and fire to burn.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Corin, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 26-7. The shepherd's common sense.
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  • ''I cannot hide what I am. I must be sad when I have cause, and smile at no man's jests.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don John, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 3, l. 13-4. Showing his morose nature.
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  • ''A brother noble,
    Whose nature is so far from doing harms
    That he suspects none.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edmund, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 2, l. 179-81. On his brother Edgar.
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  • ''Thou wilt be as valiant as the wrathful dove or most
    magnanimous mouse.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 3, sc. 2, l. 159-60. On recruiting Feeble, a tailor, as a soldier.
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  • ''Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Friar Lawrence, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 3, l. 94. Cautioning Romeo against marrying too hastily; varying the proverb "more haste, less speed."
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  • ''What say you to a piece of beef and mustard?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Grumio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 4, sc. 3, l. 23. Teasing Katherine, who is being denied anything to eat.
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  • ''Though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 25-6 (1604).
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii)

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting-
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,-
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

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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;