William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Mistress, know yourself, down on your knees,
    And thank heaven, fasting, for a good man's love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 5, l. 57-8. To Phebe, who rejects Silvius's love.
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  • ''Like an unseasonable stormy day,
    Which makes the silver rivers drown their shores,
    As if the world were all dissolved to tears,
    So high above his limits swells the rage
    Of Bolingbroke.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Stephen Scroop, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 106-10. Bringing news that the whole country has gone over to Henry Bolingbroke.
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  • ''Never anything can be amiss
    When simpleness and duty tender it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1, l. 82-3.
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  • ''Men, wives, and children stare, cry out, and run,
    As it were doomsday.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Trebonius, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 97-8. After the death of Caesar.
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  • ''I know myself now, and I feel within me
    A peace above all earthly dignities,
    A still and quiet conscience.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Wolsey, in Henry VIII, act 3, sc. 2, l. 378-80.
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  • ''Adriana. With what persuasion did he tempt thy love?
    Luciana. With words that in an honest suit might move.
    First he did praise my beauty, then my speech.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adriana and Luciana, in The Comedy of Errors, act 4, sc. 2, l. 15. To Adriana, whose husband they both suppose has been making love to Luciana; in fact it is his twin brother.
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  • ''Mine honesty and I begin to square.
    The loyalty well held to fools does make
    Our faith mere folly; yet he that can endure
    To follow with allegiance a fall'n lord
    Does conquer him that did his master conquer
    And earns a place i' the story.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Antony and Cleopatra (III, xiii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''My heart laments that virtue cannot live
    Out of the teeth of emulation.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Artemidorus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 3, l. 13-4. Thinking of Caesar; "Out of the teeth of emulation" means beyond the bite of envious rivalry.
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  • ''A college of wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my humor. Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 4, l. 100-2. Having sworn he would never marry, he is teased by Don Pedro for agreeing to marry Beatrice; "college" means assembly.
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  • ''Believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor, that you may believe.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 14-6. Speaking to the people.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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Sonnet Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

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