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

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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Sonnet Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?