William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Your hose should be ungartered, your bonnet unbanded, your
    sleeve unbuttoned, your shoe untied, and everything about
    you demonstrating a careless desolation.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 378-81. How the melancholy lover should look.
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  • ''Is it a world to hide virtues in?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 3, l. 131-2. Encouraging the foolish Sir Andrew to show how well he can dance.
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  • ''Whether, if you yield not to your father's choice,
    You can endure the livery of a nun,
    For aye to be in shady cloister mewed,
    To live a barren sister all your life,
    Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.
    Thrice blessed they that master so their blood
    To undergo such maiden pilgrimage.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 69-75. To Hermia, who has refused to marry Demetrius, the suitor favored by her father.
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  • ''Women are angels, wooing;
    Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.
    That she beloved knows naught that knows not this:
    Men prize the thing ungained more than it is.
    That she was never yet that ever knew
    Love got so sweet as when desire did sue.
    Therefore this maxim out of love I teach:
    Achievement is command; ungained, beseech.
    Then though my heart's content firm love doth bear,
    Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Troilus and Cressida (I, iii). She has been holding off against her uncle Pandarus's attempts to woo her on behalf of Troilus. TrGrPo. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''Farewell? a long farewell to all my greatness.
    This is the state of man; today he puts forth
    The tender leaves of hopes, tomorrow blossoms,
    And bears his blushing honors thick upon him:
    The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
    And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
    His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
    And then he falls as I do.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Wolsey, in Henry VIII, act 3, sc. 2, l. 351-8. Wolsey's famous soliloquy, bidding farewell to his power.
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  • ''As easy mayst thou fall
    A drop of water in the breaking gulf,
    And take unmingled thence that drop again,
    Without addition or diminishing,
    As take from me thyself and not me too.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adriana, in The Comedy of Errors, act 2, sc. 2, l. 125-9. An image of unity in marriage; "fall" means let fall.
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  • ''You have been a boggler ever.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 13, l. 110. Accusing Cleopatra of having been always shifty and unreliable.
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  • ''A fool, A fool! I met a fool i' the forest,
    A motley fool. A miserable world!
    As I do live by food, I met a fool,
    Who laid him down and basked him in the sun,
    And railed on Lady Fortune in good terms,
    In good set terms, and yet a motley fool.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. As You Like It (II, vii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound's mouth; it catches.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2, l. 11-2. To Margaret, who seizes on unintended meanings as quick as a hound catches its prey.
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  • ''Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.
    Thou hast no figures, nor no fantasies,
    Which busy care draws in the brains of men;
    Therefore thou sleep'st so sound.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 230-3. To his boy Lucius, who has no anxieties.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii)

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting-
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,-
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

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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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