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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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

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 Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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