William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
    Her infinite variety. Other women cloy
    The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
    Where most she satisfies.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Enobarbus, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 2, l. 241-4 (1623). Referring to Cleopatra.
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  • ''I do begin to perceive that I am made an ass.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 5, sc. 5, l. 119. Realizing how much he has been fooled.
  • ''This is mere madness,
    And thus a while the fit will work on him.
    Anon, as patient as the female dove
    When that her golden couplets are disclosed,
    His silence will sit drooping.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gertrude, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 1, l. 284-8. On Hamlet's changing moods; "golden couplets" means pair of baby birds with yellow down; "disclosed" means hatched.
  • ''There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Hamlet (I, v). NAWM-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • '''Tis now the very witching time of night,
    When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
    Contagion to this world.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 388-90.
  • ''Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,
    Shall win my love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hortensio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 4, sc. 2, l. 41-2. Deciding he does not want to marry Bianca.
  • ''I care not for you,
    And am so near the lack of charity
    To accuse myself I hate you; which I had rather
    You felt than make't my boast.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Imogen, in Cymbeline, act 2, sc. 3, l. 108-11. To the stupid Cloten, whom she detests.
  • ''Though news be sad, yet tell them merrily;
    If good, thou shamest the music of sweet news
    By playing it to me with so sour a face.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 5, l. 22-4. To her nurse, who is weary rather than sad; Juliet is anxious for news of Romeo.
  • ''O God, thy arm was here,
    And not to us, but to thy arm alone
    Ascribe we all.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 8, l. 106-8. Ascribing his victory to God's help.
  • ''Praising what is lost
    Makes the remembrance dear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King of France, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 5, sc. 3, l. 19-20.

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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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