William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''For I must tell you friendly in your ear,
    Sell when you can, you are not for all markets.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 5, l. 59-60. To Phebe, who rejects Silvius's love.
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  • ''The rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir John Falstaff, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 3, sc. 5.
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  • ''I will keep where there is wit stirring, and leave the faction of fools.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Thersites, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 1, l. 118-9. Parting from Achilles and Ajax.
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  • ''To-morrow is the joyful day, Audrey, to-morrow will we be
    married.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Touchstone, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 3, l. 1-2.
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  • ''He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Widow, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 5, sc. 2, l. 20. Her husband, Hortensio, finds his wife domineering, and not at all what he expected.
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  • ''Your praise is come too swiftly home before you.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adam, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 2, l. 9. Orland's good reputation has made his brother hate him.
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  • ''An apple cleft in two is not more twin
    Than these two creatures.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in Twelfth Night, act 5, sc. 1, l. 223-4. The twins, Viola and Sebastian, are at last revealed, and meet one another.
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  • ''Come unto these yellow sands,
    And then take hands.
    Curtsied when you have and kissed
    The wild waves whist,
    Foot it featly here and there;
    And, sweet sprites, the burden bear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ariel, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 2, l. 375-80. Summoning spirits to calm the waves into silence ("kissed/The wild waves whist"), dance, and sing the refrain ("the burden bear").
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  • ''Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 3.
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  • ''Words before blows; is it so, countrymen?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 1, l. 27. On meeting Octavius before the battle of Philippi.
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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 Cviii

What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case

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