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

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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