William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He is deformèd, crooked, old, and sere,
    Ill-faced, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
    Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
    Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adriana, in The Comedy of Errors, act 4, sc. 2, l. 19-22. On her husband, who, she thinks, has been wooing her sister Luciana; "stigmatical" means deformed.
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  • ''I found you as a morsel, cold upon
    Dead Caesar's trencher.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 13, l. 116-17. Referring to Cleopatra's past affair with Julius Caesar.
  • ''Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
    Thou dost not bite so nigh
    As benefits forgot:
    Though thou the waters warp,
    Thy sting is not so sharp
    As friend remembered not.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. As You Like It (II, vii). Sung a follower of the banished rightful Duke Senior. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''In a false quarrel there is no true valor.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 120. To Don Pedro and Claudio, and their mockery of old Leonato's quarrel with them.
  • ''I have been up this hour, awake all night.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 88. Greeting Cassius and the conspirators against Caesar.
  • ''O! let me clip ye
    In arms as sound as when I wooed, in heart
    As merry as when our nuptial day was done
    And tapers burnt to bedward!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caius Marcius, later Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 1, sc. 6, l. 29-32. Joining with his general, Cominius, in the fight against Corioli, he makes war sound like love.
  • ''He'll go along o'er the wide world with me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Celia, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 3, l. 132. Speaking of the clown Touchstone.
  • ''The climate's delicate, the air most sweet,
    Fertile the isle, the temple much surpassing
    The common praise it bears.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleomines, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 1, l. 1-3. Describing their visit to the oracle at Delphos.
  • '''Tis best to give him way, he leads himself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cornwall, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 298. "Leads himself" means goes where his will leads him.
  • ''From the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, he is all mirth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 2, l. 8-10. Describing Benedick.

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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 Li

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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