William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He was the mark and glass, copy and book,
    That fashioned others.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Percy, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 3, l. 31-2. On Hotspur as the ideal others sought to imitate; "mark" means target, aim; "glass" means mirror.
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  • ''I am a feather for each wind that blows.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leontes, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 3, l. 154.
  • ''This even-handed justice
    Commends th' ingredients of our poisoned chalice
    To our own lips.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7, l. 10-12. "Even-handed" means impartial.
  • ''Take, O take, those lips away,
    That so sweetly were forsworn;
    And those eyes, the break of day,
    Lights that do mislead the morn:
    But my kisses bring again
    Bring again:
    Seals of love but sealed in vain,''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Measure for Measure (IV, i). A well-known song; the eyes are lights that "mislead the morn" by suggesting sunrise and happiness rather than being betrayed ("forsworn"). The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''The imperial votaress passed on,
    In maiden meditation, fancy-free.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Oberon, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 164. On Cupid's arrow missing the vestal virgin or "imperial votaress," perhaps Queen Elizabeth.
  • ''Murder's out of tune,
    And sweet revenge grows harsh.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 115-6. On learning that Iago has failed to kill Cassio.
  • ''O you gods!
    Why do you make us love your goodly gifts,
    And snatch them straight away?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pericles, in Pericles, act 3, sc. 1, l. 22-4. Thinking his wife Thaisa has died in giving birth to their daughter.
  • ''The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark
    When neither is attended.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 5, sc. 1, l. 102-3. "When neither is attended" means when no one is listening.
  • ''Thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise
    And make it halt behind her.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prospero, in The Tempest, act 4, sc. 1, l. 10-1. Praising his daughter Miranda.
  • ''Will you enforce me to a world of cares?
    Call them again, I am not made of stones,
    But penetrable to your kind entreaties,
    Albeit against my conscience and my soul.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 3, sc. 7, l. 223-6. Pretending to be reluctant to accept the crown.

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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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