William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Then must you speak
    Of one that loved not wisely but too well;
    Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought,
    Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand,
    Like the base Judean threw a pearl away
    Richer than all his tribe.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 343-8. "Judean" may refer to the betrayal of Christ by Judas, who threw away the "pearl of great price" (Matthew 13:46) which is heaven; but the earliest text reads "Indian," suggesting an ignorant East or West Indian who does not know the value of a precious stone.
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  • ''Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home,
    And so am come abroad to see the world.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Petruchio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 1, sc. 2, l. 57-8. He has just arrived in Padua from Verona.
  • ''We do pray for mercy,
    And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
    The deeds of mercy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 200-2. Inviting Shylock to be merciful.
  • ''Bear with my weakness. My old brain is troubled.
    Be not disturbed with my infirmity.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prospero, in The Tempest, act 4, sc. 1, l. 159-60.
  • ''Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made
    For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 1, sc. 2, l. 171-2. Wooing the Lady Anne, whose father he killed.
  • ''The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 4, l. 57. Going to see Silvius wooing Phebe.
  • ''Sir Toby Belch. Pourquoi, my dear knight?
    Sir Andrew Aguecheek. What is "pourquoi?" Do, or not do? I would I had bestowed that time in the tongues that I have in fencing, dancing, and bear-baiting. O had I but followed the arts!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 3, l. 90-4. "tongues" means languages; Sir Andrew does not understand the simplest French, "pourquoi" means why?; Setting dogs to bait bears was a popular sport in Shakespeare's day.
  • ''Say, what abridgement have you for this evening?
    What masque, what music? How shall we beguile
    The lazy time if not with some delight?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1, l. 39-41. A "masque" was a courtly entertainment including masked dancers.
  • ''And appetite, an universal wolf,
    So doubly seconded with will and power,
    Must make perforce an universal prey
    And last eat up himself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Troilus and Cressida (I, iii). TrGrPo. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''I did not think to shed a tear
    In all my miseries; but thou hast forced me,
    Out of thy honest truth, to play the woman.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Wolsey, in Henry VIII, act 4, sc. 1, l. 428-30. To his devoted supporter Cromwell.

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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 Cviii

What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case

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