William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Know, Caesar doth not wrong, nor without cause
    Will he be satisfied.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 47-8. To Metellus, whose brother has been exiled.
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  • ''Since the affairs of men rest still incertain,
    Let's reason with the worst that may befall.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 1, l. 95-6. Contemplating battle; "reason" means reckon.
  • ''Diseases desperate grown
    By desperate appliance are relieved,
    Or not at all.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 3, l. 9-11. Proverbial.
  • ''Despising,
    For you, the city, thus I turn my back;
    There is a world elsewhere.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 3, sc. 3, l. 133-5. Coriolanus is banished by the people of Rome.
  • ''Don Pedro. To be merry best becomes you; for, out o' question, you were born in a merry hour.
    Beatrice. No, sure, my lord, my mother cried; but then there was a star danced, and under than was I born.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro and Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 331-5. The stars were thought to influence temperament.
  • ''A heavier task could not have been imposed
    Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Egeon, in The Comedy of Errors, act 1, sc. 1, l. 31-2. Beginning the story of how he was separated from his wife and one of their twin sons.
  • ''The second property of your excellent sherris is the warming
    of the blood.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 3, l. 102-3. Drinking wine or sherry was thought to heat the blood.
  • ''From you have I been absent in the spring,
    When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
    Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
    That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. From you have I been absent in the spring (l. 1-4). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''But his neat cookery! He cut our roots in characters,
    And sauced our broths, as Juno had been sick
    And he her dieter.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Guiderius, in Cymbeline, act 4, sc. 2, l. 49-51. Speaking of Imogen, in disguise as a youth, making a meal fit for the gods; "characters" means letters.
  • ''The purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now,
    was and is, to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature: to show
    virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and
    body of the time his form and pressure.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 20-4. Hamlet's advice to the actors has its origins in classical rhetoric; they are to show plainly the appearance (feature) of virtue and of vice, and reflect the present state of affairs; "pressure" means impression, as if in wax.

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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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