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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • '''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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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,