William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
    I would not my unhousèd free condition
    Put into circumscription and confine
    For the sea's worth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 1, sc. 2, l. 25-8. As a soldier Othello has no house or domestic life; "circumscription" means restriction; Othello is fond of such big words, that here make marriage sound a little like imprisonment.
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  • ''Pericles. He asks of you that never used to beg.
    1st Fisherman. No, friend, cannot you beg? Here's them in our country of Greece gets more with begging than we can do with working.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pericles and 1st Fisherman, in Pericles, act 2, sc. 1, l. 62-5. Pericles, cast up on shore by a storm, begs the fishermen to help him.
  • ''If you do love me, you will find me out.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2, l. 41. Meaning that Bassanio will choose the right casket.
  • ''Here do I choose, and thrive I as I may!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince of Morocco, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 7, l. 60. Choosing the golden casket in the hope of winning Portia.
  • ''The sweet silent hours of marriage joys.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 4, sc. 4, l. 330. Trying to persuade Queen Elizabeth that he is a fit suitor for her daughter's hand.
  • ''I will not cast away my physic but on those that are sick.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 358-9.
  • ''I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir John Falstaff, in Henry IV pt. 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 219-21 (1600).
  • ''All the argument is a whore and a cuckold, a good quarrel to draw emulous factions and bleed to death upon!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Thersites, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3, l. 72-4. A cynic's view of the Trojan war; Helen is the "whore," and Menelaus the "cuckold"; "draw" = attract.
  • ''If a hart do lack a hind,
    Let him seek out Rosalind.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Touchstone, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 101-2. Parodying Orlando's verses to Rosalind.
  • ''Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day,
    And make me travel forth without my cloak,
    To let base clouds o'ertake me in my way,''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day (l. 1-4). OBSC. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.

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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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