William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''What, has this thing appeared again tonight?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Horatio, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 21. Addressed to the sentinels at the king's castle, regarding the ghost of the dead King Hamlet of Denmark.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''I see a man's life is a tedious one.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Imogen, in Cymbeline, act 3, sc. 6, l. 1. She is tired with traveling on foot disguised as a youth.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''Come, civil night,
    Thou sober-suited matron all in black.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 10-1. "Civil" means mannerly, observing propriety; Juliet is now married, and anxiously awaiting nightfall and the coming of Romeo.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
    Would men observingly distil it out.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 1, l. 4-5. "Observingly" means observantly, with watchful care.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''Thou, Nature, art my goddess; to thy law
    My services are bound. Wherefore should I
    Stand in the plague of custom and permit
    The curiosity of nations to deprive me,
    For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
    Lag of a brother? Why bastard? Wherefore base?
    When my dimensions are as well compact,
    My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
    As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us
    With base? With baseness? Bastardy? Base, base?
    Who in the lusty stealth of nature take
    More composition and fierce quality
    Than doth within a dull, stale, tired bed
    Go to th' creating a whole tribe of fops
    Got 'tween asleep and wake?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Lear (I, ii). Rejecting conventional morality in favor of the law of the jungle, as he is a "natural" child, a bastard. OHFP. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''No medicine in the world can do thee good;
    In thee there is not half an hour's life.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Laertes, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 314-5.
    0 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • ''Welcome hither,
    As is the spring to th' earth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leontes, in The Winter's Tale, act 5, sc. 1, l. 151-2. Welcoming Florizel at his court.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''Can such things be
    And overcome us like a summer's cloud,
    Without our special wonder?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 109-11. On seeing the ghost of the murdered Banquo.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''The bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 4, l. 112-3. Teasing Juliet's nurse, who is something of a bawd.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''You, that have so fair parts of woman on you,
    Have too a woman's heart, which ever yet
    Affected eminence, wealth, sovereignty;
    Which, to say sooth, are blessings.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Old Lady, in Henry VIII, act 2, sc. 3, l. 27-30. To Anne Bullen, who has said she does not want to be queen; "affected" = desired.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.

Read more quotations »
Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Fear No More

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...

Read the full of Fear No More

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,