William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''But soft, behold! lo where it comes again!
    I'll cross it though it blast me. Stay, illusion!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Horatio, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 126-7. Seeing the ghost of Hamlet's father again; "cross" means confront, and perhaps make the sign of the cross; "blast" means wither or destroy.
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  • ''Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons,
    Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,
    But with a little act upon the blood
    Burn like the mines of sulphur.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 326-9. "Conceits" means fancies; mines of sulphur were associated with the area around Sicily and the ever-burning volcano, Mount Etna.
  • ''What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 43-4. On loving Romeo, a Montague, and an enemy.
  • ''More will I do,
    Though all that I can do is nothing worth,
    Since that my penitence comes after all,
    Imploring pardon.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 1, l. 302-5. Nothing he can do in penitence for his past sins is any use, because ("since that") he still has to seek pardon.
  • ''O you mighty gods!
    This world I do renounce, and in your sights
    Shake patiently my great affliction off.
    If I could bear it longer, and not fall
    To quarrel with your great opposeless wills,
    My snuff and loathed part of nature should
    Burn itself out.''
    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.
  • ''He was indeed the glass
    Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Percy, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 3, l. 21-2. Glass means mirror; everyone imitated the fashion of Hotspur.
  • ''Tenderly apply to her
    Some remedies for life.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leontes, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 2, l. 152-3. Anxious as Hermione passes out; "for life" means to restore her to life.
  • ''This even-handed justice
    Commends th'ingredience 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 (1623). Part of Macbeth's soliloquy on his forthcoming murder of Duncan and its consequences.
  • ''He who the sword of heaven will bear
    Should be as holy as severe;
    Pattern in himself to know,
    Grace to stand, and virtue go;
    More nor less to others paying
    Than by self-offenses weighing.
    Shame to him whose cruel striking
    Kills for faults of his own liking!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Measure for Measure (III, ii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
    Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
    Quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine,
    With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine:
    There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
    Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Oberon, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 249-54. Describing the nighttime bower of the Queen of the Fairies; the flowers include scented wild roses and sweet briar (eglantine), and all grow wild in the English countryside.

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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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