William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''The wheel is come full circle.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edmund, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 3, l. 175. I.e., fortune's wheel, ever turning.
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  • ''Do not speak like a death's-head, do not bid me remember mine end.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 234-5. "Death's head" means skull, used as a memento mori or reminder that death awaits everyone.
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  • ''Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
    As with your shadow I with these did play.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. From you have I been absent in the spring (l. 13-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''Guiderius and Arviragus. All lovers young, all
    lovers must
    Consign to thee and come to dust.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Guiderius and Arviragus, in Cymbeline, act 4, sc. 2, l. 270-5. Mourning Fidele (the disguised Imogen), supposed dead; "thee" means death.
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  • ''I do not set my life at a pin's fee,
    And for my soul, what can it do to that,
    Being a thing immortal as itself?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 4, l. 65-7. Determined to follow the ghost, not knowing whether it is a good or evil spirit; "fee" means worth.
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  • ''So shall you hear
    Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts,
    Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters,
    Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause,
    And in this upshot, purposes mistook
    Fallen on th'inventors' heads.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Horatio, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 380-5. Summing up his version of the events.
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  • ''How poor are they that have not patience!
    What wound did ever heal but by degrees?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 370-1. "He that has no patience has nothing" is proverbial.
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  • ''Parting is such sweet sorrow
    That I shall say good night till it be morrow.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 1, l. 229-30 (1599).
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  • ''Treason and murder ever kept together,
    As two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 2, sc. 2, l. 105-6. "Yoke-devils" means devils in partnership, yoked together.
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  • ''Thou must be patient. We came crying hither.
    Thou know'st the first time that we smell the air
    We wawl and cry.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Lear (IV, vi). OHFP. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Fear No More

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...

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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?

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