William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''That same wicked bastard of Venus that was begot of thought,
    conceived of spleen, and born of madness, that blind
    rascally boy that abuses every one's eyes because his own
    are out, let him be judge how deep I am in love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 1, l. 211-5. Bastard of Venus means Cupid.
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  • ''Lord, Lord, how this world is given to lying!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir John Oldcastle (Falstaff), in Henry IV pt. 1, act 5, sc. 4, l. 142-43 (1598). Oldcastle (Falstaff) laments the dishonesty of the world when his false claim to have dispatched Hotspur is shown up.
  • ''The plague of Greece upon thee, thou mongrel beef-witted lord!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Thersites, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 1, l. 12-13. Bandying insults with Ajax; a diet of beef was thought to make people stupid.
  • ''A poor virgin, sir, an ill-favored thing, sir, but mine own.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Touchstone, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 4, l. 57-8. Introducing the sluttish Audrey to Jaques.
  • ''A good old commander and a most kind gentleman.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Williams, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 1, l. 95-6. On Sir Thomas Erpingham.
  • ''I will follow thee
    To the last gasp with truth and loyalty.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adam, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 3, l. 69-70.
  • ''Beguile the time, and feed your knowledge
    With viewing of the town.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 3, l. 41-2. Urging Sebastian to look around Illyria.
  • ''The naked truth of it is, I have no shirt; I go woolward for penance.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Armado, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 5, sc. 2, l. 710. Concealing his poverty by claiming he is doing penance, and so wears no linen beneath his outer clothes.
  • ''You are a villain. I jest not. I will make it good how you dare, with what you dare, and when you dare.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 146-7. Challenging Claudio to fight.
  • ''Between the acting of a dreadful thing
    And the first motion, all the interim is
    Like a phantasma or a hideous dream.
    The genius and the mortal instruments
    Are then in council, and the state of man,
    Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
    The nature of an insurrection.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 63-9. A marvelous expression of a tormented mind living as it were an hallucination ("phantasma"), while the soul ("genius") on the one hand, and the mental and physical functions of the body on the other, are at odds.

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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 Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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