William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Alas, what danger will it be to us,
    Maids as we are, to travel forth so far!
    Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 3, l. 108-10. Celia has suggested that they go to the forest of Arden.
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  • ''As many lies as will lie in thy paper, although the sheet were big enough for the bed of Ware in England.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 2, l. 46-8. Advising Sir Andrew on writing a challenge; the bed of Ware, in Hertfordshire, was famous, being ten feet square, and able to accommodate twelve people.
  • ''My love shall hear the music of my hounds.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 106. Speaking to Hippolyta.
  • ''What's aught but as 'tis valued?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 2, l. 52. The Trojans are debating whether to keep Helen or return her to the Greeks.
  • ''Suspicion all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes;
    Treason is but trusted like the fox,
    Who never so tame, so cherished and locked up,
    Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Worcester, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 2, l. 9-11. The rebels should not make make terms with the king since they will always be watched and never trusted.
  • ''Aeneas. We know each other well.
    Diomedes. We do, and long to know each other worse.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Aeneas and Diomedes, in Troilus and Cressida, act 4, sc. 1, l. 31-2. A Trojan and a Greek meeting during a truce; they will know each other "worse" on the field of battle.
  • ''The beds i' th' East are soft.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 6, l. 50. Recalling Egyptian luxury in warlike Rome.
  • ''I think he'll be to Rome
    As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it
    By sovereignty of nature.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Aufidius, in Coriolanus, act 4, sc. 7, l. 33-5. Speaking of Coriolanus; fish were said to surrender themselves to the osprey.
  • ''If her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect to the north star.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 248-50. On Beatrice's sharp tongue; "terminations" means the barbed endings of her sentences.
  • ''There is a tide in the affairs of men
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 2.

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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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