William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Aeneas. 'Tis the old Nestor.
    Hector. Let me embrace thee, good old chronicle,
    That hast so long walked hand in hand with time.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Aeneas and Hector, in Troilus and Cressida, act 4, sc. 5, l. 201-3. Aeneas is introducing Hector to the Greek warriors during a truce.
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  • ''There's a great spirit gone!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 2, l. 122. Antony has just learned of the death of his wife, Fulvia.
  • ''What presence must not know,
    From where you do remain let paper show.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Aumerle, in Richard II, act 1, sc. 3, l. 249-50. To the exiled Bolingbroke: "presence" means royal presence, King Richard; and also, our inability to talk face to face.
  • ''Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2, l. 72. To Beatrice; neither of them wants to admit to passion.
  • ''Every drop of blood
    That every Roman bears, and nobly bears,
    Is guilty of a several bastardy
    If he do break the smallest particle
    Of any promise that hath passed from him.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 136-40. Expressing his confidence in the idea of being a Roman.
  • ''You are no surer, no,
    Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,
    Or hailstone in the sun.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caius Marcius, later Coriolanus, in Coriolanus, act 1, sc. 1, l. 172-4. A patrician tells the people they cannot be trusted.
  • ''Let us sit and mock the good huswife Fortune from her wheel,
    that her gifts may henceforth be bestowed equally.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Celia, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 2, l. 31-3. The goddess Fortune turns her wheel bringing both good and bad luck; Celia playfully refers to her as a housewife at a spinning wheel.
  • ''Shall we rest us here,
    And by relating tales of others' griefs,
    See if 'twill teach us to forget our own?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleon, in Pericles, act 1, sc. 4, l. 1-3. "Griefs" = miseries; Cleon's city is afflicted by famine.
  • ''Love all, trust a few,
    Do wrong to none.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Countess of Rossillion, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 1, sc. 1, l. 64-5. A mother's advice to her young son Bertram, as he is summoned by the King to Paris.
  • ''Why, what's the matter,
    That you have such a February face,
    So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don Pedro, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 4, l. 40-2. He is still angry with his friend Claudio.

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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 Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

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