William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Would he were fatter! But I fear him not.
    Yet if my name were liable to fear,
    I do not know the man I should avoid
    So soon as that spare Cassius.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 198-201. Caesar's name has become a symbol of domination, and seems to exist separately from the man.
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  • ''Our fathers' minds are dead,
    And we are governed with our mothers' spirits.
    Our yoke and sufferance show us womanish.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 82-4. "Yoke and sufferance" means servitude and patient submission to it.
  • ''O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven,
    It hath the primal eldest curse upon't,
    A brother's murder.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 3, l. 36-8. Left alone, Claudius confesses to his crime, alluding to Cain's slaughter of Abel (Genesis 4).
  • ''Hear you this Triton of the minnows? Mark you
    His absolute "shall"?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 3, sc. 1, l. 89-90. Showing his contempt for Sicinius, a tribune of the people; Triton was a minor sea-god in ancient Greece.
  • ''Don Pedro. She cannot endure to hear tell of a husband.
    Leonato. O, by no means; she mocks all her wooers out of suit.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro and Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 347-50. On Beatrice, whose intelligent mockery frightens away her suitors.
  • ''I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Emilia, in Othello, act 4, sc. 3, l. 38-9.
  • ''I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in
    other men.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 9-10. In this play Falstaff becomes the butt of other men's wit.
  • ''I will go root away
    The noisome weeds which without profit suck
    The soil's fertility from wholesome flowers.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gardener, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 4, l. 37-9.
  • ''O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!
    The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's,eye, tongue, sword,
    Th' expectancy and rose of the fair state,
    The glass of fashion and the mold of form,
    Th' observed of all observers, quite, quite down!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Hamlet (III, i). NAWM-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''Thou art e'en as just a man
    As e'er my conversation coped withal.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 54-5. His friend Horatio is as upright (just) a man as any he has had dealings with (coped withal).

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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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