William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I am more an antique Roman than a Dane.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Horatio, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 341. Meaning he chooses the Stoic path of suicide, recommended by Seneca, rather than the modern Christian one of survival.
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  • ''Against self-slaughter
    There is a prohibition so divine
    That cravens my weak hand.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Imogen, in Cymbeline, act 3, sc. 4, l. 76-8. Alluding to the Christian injunction against suicide.
  • ''My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
    My love as deep. The more I give to thee
    The more I have, for both are infinite.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 133-5. Expressing her devotion to Romeo.
  • ''We are but warriors for the working day.
    Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirched
    With rainy marching in the painful field.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 3, l. 109-11. On the bedraggled English army.
  • ''Fathers that wear rags
    Do make their children blind,
    But fathers that bear bags
    Shall see their children kind.
    Fortune, that arrant whore,
    Ne'er turns the key to the poor.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Lear (II, iv). OHFP. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''Lay her i'th'earth,
    And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
    May violets spring.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Laertes, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 1, l. 238-40. Burial of Ophelia.
  • ''Nor night, nor day, no rest.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leontes, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 3, l. 1.
  • ''Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
    Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
    Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
    And with some sweet oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the fraught bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 3, l. 42-7 (1623). Speaking to the Doctor of Physic.
  • ''Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 22-3. The "meat" of the egg is what can be eaten.
  • ''Thou seest I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Oldcastle (Falstaff), in Henry IV pt. 1, act 3, sc. 3, l. 167-9 (1598).

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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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