William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Adrian. The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.
    Sebastian. As if it had lungs, and rotten ones.
    Antonio. Or as 'twere perfumed by a fen.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adrian, Sebastian, and Antonio, in The Tempest, act 2, sc. 1, l. 47-9. Shipwrecked courtiers, whose characters are reflected in their attitudes to the island on which they find themselves.
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  • ''Fare thee well, dame, what e'er becomes of me.
    This is a soldier's kiss.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 4, l. 29-30. Renewing his role as a soldier, and bidding farewell to Cleopatra as if she were a housewife.
  • ''At a few drops of women's rheum, which are
    As cheap as lies, he sold the blood and labor
    Of our great action.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Aufidius, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 6, l. 45-7. Speaking of Coriolanus, who yielded to the entreaties of his wife and mother to spare Rome; "rheum" means tears.
  • ''Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 2, l. 28-9. Pretending he has a toothache in order to avoid confessing he is in love; "grief" means pain or anguish.
  • ''Think not, thou noble Roman,
    That ever Brutus will go bound to Rome.
    He bears too great a mind.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 1, l. 110-2. To Cassius, anticipating what may happen if they lose the battle with Octavius.
  • ''With every minute you do change a mind,
    And call him noble that was now your hate.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caius Marcius, later Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 1, sc. 1, l. 177-9. A patrician complains that the citizens of Rome are unstable.
  • ''I think he is not a pick-purse nor a horse-stealer, but
    for his verity in love, I do think him as concave as a covered goblet or a worm-eaten nut.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Celia, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 4, l. 22-5. "Concave" means hollow; Orlando has failed to keep an appointment.
  • ''A city on whom plenty held full hand,
    For riches strewed herself even in her streets;
    Whose towers bore heads so high they kissed the clouds,
    And strangers ne'er beheld but wondered at.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleon, in Pericles, act 1, sc. 4, l. 22-5. On the former prosperity of Tarsus, now afflicted by famine.
  • ''Now I will look to his remuneration. Remuneration! O, that's the Latin word for three-farthings.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Costard, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 3, sc. 1, l. 136-7. Armado's "reward" to him for carrying a letter to Jaquenetta.
  • ''He hath a heart as sound as a bell and his tongue is the clapper, for what his heart thinks, his tongue speaks.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 2, l. 12-14. Praising 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 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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