William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''An honest woman's son, for indeed my father did something smack, something grow to, he had a kind of taste.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Launcelot Gobbo, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 2, l. 16-18. Meaning that his father was known for lechery, and so was not "honest" means honorable.
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  • '''Tis a strange serpent.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lepidus, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 7, l. 48. The crocodile.
  • ''Infected be the air whereon they ride,
    And damned all those that trust them!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 1, l. 138-9. Cursing the witches.
  • ''Messenger. But yet, madam-
    Cleopatra. I do not like "but yet."''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Messenger and Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 5, l. 49-50. Heralding unwelcome news, that Antony is married.
  • ''Pray you bid
    These unknown friends to's welcome, for it is
    A way to make us better friends, more known.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Old Shepherd, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 64-6. On the arrival of the disguised Polixenes and Camillo; "to's" means each to his.
  • ''O, it comes o'er my memory
    As doth the raven o'er the infected house,
    Boding to all!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 4, sc. 1, l. 20-2. Recalling the handkerchief he thinks Desdemona gave Cassio; the raven proverbially foreboded bad luck or death.
  • ''O slanderous world! Kate like the hazel twig
    Is straight and slender, and as brown in hue
    As hazelnuts, and sweeter than the kernels.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Petruchio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 2, sc. 1, l. 253-5. Sweet-talking Katherine, who has been abusing him.
  • ''How far that little candle throws his beams!
    So shines a good deed in a naughty world.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 5, sc. 1, l. 90-1. Seeing a light in her house as she arrives back from Venice; "naughty" means wicked.
  • ''What seest thou else
    In the dark backward and abysm of time?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prospero, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 2, l. 49-50. Asking his daughter Miranda what she remembers of her childhood.
  • ''Lord, what fools these mortals be!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Robin Goodfellow (Puck), in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 115, 1594-95. Referring to the antics of the Athenian lovers, upon whom he has sprinkled his love potion. Seneca wrote similar words in Epistulae ad Lucilium, epistle 1, sct. 3.

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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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