William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Helen. In love, i'faith, to the very tip of the nose.
    Paris. He eats nothing but doves, love, and that breeds hot blood, and hot blood begets hot thoughts, and hot thoughts beget hot deeds, and hot deeds is love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helen and Paris, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 1, l. 127. They are talking about Pandarus; what Paris describes is lechery, not love.
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  • ''Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 268-70. "Imposition" means what is attributed to someone by other people.
  • ''The whining schoolboy, with his satchel
    And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7. Describing the second age of man.
  • ''To face the garment of rebellion
    With some fine color that may please the eye
    Of fickle changelings and poor discontents.
    Which gape and rub the elbow at the news
    Of hurly-burly innovation.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 1, l. 74-6. Rebels can always attract support; "face" means trim.
  • ''For nothing can seem foul to those that win.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in King Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 1.
  • ''A little water clears us of this deed.
    How easy is it then!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 2, l. 64-5. Referring to the blood on their hands after the murder of Duncan.
  • ''Now our joy,
    Although our last and least.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 82-3. Addressing Cordelia, his youngest daughter.
  • ''What man dare, I dare.
    Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
    The armed rhinoceros, or the Hyrcan tiger;
    Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
    Shall never tremble. Or be alive again
    And dare me to the desert with thy sword.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Macbeth (III, iv). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''Is there no respect of place, persons, nor time in you?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malvolio, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 3, l. 91-2. Reprimanding Sir Toby and his companions for their rowdiness at night.
  • ''The ancient saying is no heresy,
    Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Nerissa, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 9, l. 82-3. Proverbial, implying that men may easily be misled in their choice of a wife.

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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 Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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