William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I have lost my teeth in your service.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adam, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 1, l. 82-3. The faithful old servant is cast out.
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  • ''Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch
    Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.
    Kingdoms are clay; our dungy earth alike
    Feeds beast as man. The nobleness of life
    Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair
    And such a twain can do 't, in which I bind,
    On pain of punishment, the world to weet
    We stand up peerless.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Antony and Cleopatra (I, i). Putting love before empire; already signalling what leads to Antony's downfall. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''A man of travel, that hath seen the world.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Armado, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 5, sc. 1, l. 107-8. Making the claim for himself.
  • ''Here's our own hands against our hearts. Come, I will have thee; but, by this light, I take thee for pity.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 4, l. 91-3. To Beatrice; they have both expressed in writing ("hands") the love for each other they have denied in speech.
  • ''I should not urge thy duty past thy might.
    I know young bloods look for a time of rest.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 261-2. To his servant Lucius.
  • ''Have I in conquest stretched mine arm so far
    To be afeared to tell greybeards the truth?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 2, l. 66-7.
  • ''Why now, blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!
    The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 1, l. 67-8. Anticipating the battle to come.
  • ''Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 191 (1604).
  • ''Like a dull actor now
    I have forgot my part, and I am out,
    Even to a full disgrace.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 3, l. 40-2. Coriolanus, about to make war on Rome, is ashamed to be at a loss for words ("out") when confronted by his family, who have come to plead with him.
  • ''Don Pedro. Officers, what offence have these men done?
    Dogberry. Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro and Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 213-9. Dogberry's list is wonderfully muddled; by "slanders" he means slanderers.

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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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