William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He that doth the ravens feed,
    Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,
    Be comfort to my age!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adam, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 3, l. 43-5. Calling on God's help.
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  • ''Haply your eye shall light upon some toy
    You have desire to purchase.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 3, l. 44-5. Giving his friend Sebastian his purse; "Haply" means perhaps; "toy" means trifle.
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  • ''Where the bee sucks, there suck I,
    In a cowslip's bell I lie;
    There I couch when owls do cry.
    On the bat's back I do fly
    After summer merrily.
    Merrily, merrily shall I live now,
    Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ariel, in The Tempest, act 5, sc. 1, l. 88-94. Celebrating his freedom, Ariel dwindles into a delicate fairy.
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  • ''Now you strike like the blind man; 'twas the boy that stole your meat, and you'll beat the post.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 198-200. Claudio lashes out wildly on thinking he has been betrayed.
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  • ''Had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 22-4. Addressing the people after the death 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. 192-5. Caesar's intuitive feeling about Cassius.
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  • ''Well, honor is the subject of my story.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 92. For Brutus honor concerns the general good, but for Cassius it concerns his personal. Status.
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  • ''Not that I think you did not love your father,
    But that I know love is begun by time,
    And that I see, in passages of proof,
    Time qualifies the spark and fire of it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 7, l. 111-3. To Laertes, about his love for his father, now dead; "passages of proof" means examples that prove what I am saying.
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  • ''If you have writ your annals true, 'tis there
    That, like an eagle in a dove-cote, I
    Fluttered your Volscians in Corioles.
    Alone I did it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 3, l. 113-6. Boasting of his achievements in battle.
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  • ''Though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing villain.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don John, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 3, l. 30-2. Showing his true nature to his companion Conrade.
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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 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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