William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Love is merely a madness.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 400.
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  • ''Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 3, l. 110-11 (1623). Speaking to Malvolio. "Cakes and Ale" was used by W. Somerset Maugham as the title of a novel in 1930.
  • ''No epilogue, I pray you; for your play needs no excuse. Never excuse; for when the players are all dead, there need none to be blamed.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1, l. 355-7. Speaking to the players after watching "Pyramus and Thisbe."
  • ''I stalk about her door
    Like a strange soul upon the Stygian banks
    Staying for waftage.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2.
  • ''We were the first and dearest of your friends.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Worcester, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 1, l. 33.
  • ''Hark, what good sport is out of town today.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Aeneas, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 2, l. 116. By "sport" he means fighting with the Greeks.
  • ''O thou day o' th' world,
    Chain mine armed neck, leap thou, attire and all,
    Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
    Ride on the pants triumphing!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 8, l. 13-6. In victory he invites Cleopatra to bind ("Chain") him, and leap through his strong armor to her sexual embrace.
  • ''Autolycus. I am a poor fellow, sir.
    Camillo. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal that from thee.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Autolycus and Camillo, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 630-2.
  • ''Thou hast frighted the word out of his right sense, so forcible is thy wit.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2, l. 55-6. To Beatrice, who has deliberately twisted Benedick's attempt to persuade her to accept a kiss.
  • ''For ever and for ever farewell, Cassius!
    If we do meet again, why, we shall smile.
    If not, why then this parting was well made.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 1, l. 116-8.

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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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