William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''There's no art
    To find the mind's construction in the face.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duncan, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 4, l. 12-13 (1623). Referring to the original Thane of Cawdor, in whom Duncan had put his misplaced trust.
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  • ''O for breath to utter what is like thee! you tailor's yard,
    you sheath, you bowcase, you vile standing tuck.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 246-8. Insulting Hal; "tuck" means rapier.
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  • ''He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 6, l. 18-9.
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  • ''Old fools are babes again, and must be used
    With checks as flatteries.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 3, l. 19-20. Speaking about her father, King Lear, and varying the proverb "an old man is twice a child"; "checks" or rebukes are the flattery they require.
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  • ''Assume a virtue if you have it not.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 4, l. 151 (1604). Speaking to his mother Gertrude.
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  • ''Let thy song be love. This love will undo us all.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helen, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 1, l. 110-11. Calling on Pandarus to sing; "undo" = ruin.
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  • ''O, what damned minutes tells he o'er
    Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet strongly loves!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 169-70. The clash of love and suspicion in Othello.
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  • ''This fellow will but join you together as they join
    wainscot; then one of you will prove a shrunk panel, and
    like green timber warp, warp.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 3, l. 86-9. To Touchstone, who has invited an illiterate priest to marry him to Audrey.
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  • ''This advertisement is five days old.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 172. "Advertisement" means information.
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  • ''If we are marked to die, we are enough
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in King Henry V, act 4, sc. 3. Before the Battle of Agincourt.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;

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