William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''They say miracles are past, and we have our philosophical
    persons, to make modern and familiar, things supernatural
    and causeless. Hence is it that we make trifles of terrors,
    ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should
    submit ourselves to an unknown fear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lafew, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 2, sc. 3, l. 1-6. On trusting what is awesome and inexplicable, rather than seeking explanations for everything; the miracle is Helena's cure of the King's sickness.
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  • ''There may be in the cup
    A spider steeped, and one may drink, depart,
    And yet partake no venom, for his knowledge
    Is not infected; but if one present
    Th'abhorred ingredient to his eye, make known
    How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides,
    With violent hefts. I have drunk, and seen the spider.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leontes, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 1, l. 39-45. Finding the escape of Polixenes to be convincing evidence of his wife's adultery; only if the drinker sees the spider in the cup is he poisoned; "hefts" means heavings (vomiting out the poison).
  • ''Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect,
    Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,
    As broad and general as the casing air.
    But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in
    To saucy doubts and fears.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 20-4. On learning that his murderers failed to kill Fleance; "broad and general" means free and unconfined; "casing" means surrounding.
  • ''We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 4, l. 45.
  • ''I would there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Old Shepherd, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 3, l. 59-63. "Ancientry" means old people.
  • ''Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump,
    The spirit-stirring drum, th' ear-piercing fife,
    The royal banner and all quality,
    Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 353-4. bidding farewell to the glamor and ceremony ("circumstance") of his profession as a general; "trump" means trumpet." Edward Elgar chose to name his famous marches with the phrase "pomp and circumstance."
  • ''Where two raging fires meet together,
    They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.
    Though little fire grows great with little wind,
    Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Petruchio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 2, sc. 1, l. 132-5. This is how he sees his relationship with Katherine, the shrew.
  • ''To offend and judge are distinct offices,
    And of opposed natures.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 9, l. 61-2. To the Prince of Aragon, who has judged badly in choosing the silver casket, and is offended because he feels he deserves better.
  • ''We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on, and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prospero, in The Tempest, act 4, sc. 1, l. 156-8 (1623).
  • ''The weary sun hath made a golden set,
    And by the bright track of his fiery car
    Gives token of a goodly day tomorrow.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richmond, in Richard III, act 5, sc. 3, l. 19-21. Cheerfully anticipating victory in the battle with Richard next morning.

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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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