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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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").
  • ''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.
  • ''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

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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