William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''My decayèd fair
    A sunny look of his would soon repair.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adriana, in The Comedy of Errors, act 2, sc. 1, l. 98-9. Complaining about her absent husband.
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  • ''I am sure,
    Though you can guess what temperance should be,
    You know not what it is.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 13, l. 120-2. Criticizing Cleopatra.
  • ''Blow, blow, thou winter wind!
    Thou art not so unkind
    As man's ingratitude;
    Thy tooth is not so keen
    Because thou art not seen,
    Although thy breath be rude.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. As You Like It (II, vii). Sung by a follower of the banished rightful Duke Senior. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''Your answer, sir, is enigmatical.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 4, l. 27. He is puzzled by Leonato's reference to the trick played on him to make him fall in love with Beatrice.
  • ''Good gentlemen, look fresh and merrily.
    Let not our looks put on our purposes,
    But bear it as our Roman actors do,
    With untired spirits and formal constancy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 224-7. As the conspirators set off toward the Capitol.
  • ''He is a lion
    That I am proud to hunt.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caius Marcius, later Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 1, sc. 1, l. 235-6. A warrior's admiration for his rival, Tullus Aufidius, leader of the Volsces.
  • ''I cannot live out of her company.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Celia, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 3, l. 86. Referring to herself and her cousin Rosalind.
  • ''There's such divinity doth hedge a king
    That treason can but peep to what it would,
    Acts little of his will.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 5, l. 124-6. James I liked to claim that kings were gods on earth. It is ironic that Claudius, who murdered King Hamlet, should claim divine protection; "his" means its.
  • ''Chaste as the icicle
    That's curdied by the frost from purest snow
    And hangs on Dian's temple.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 3, l. 65-7. On Valeria, friend of his wife, Virgilia; "curdied" means congealed; Diana was goddess of the moon and of chastity.
  • ''My love is thine to teach; teach it but how,
    And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn
    Any hard lesson that may do thee good.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 291-3. Offering to help Claudio in any way to woo Hero.

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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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