William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Rosalind. I pray you, what is't a' clock?
    Orlando. You should ask me what time o' day; there's no
    clock in the forest.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind and Orlando, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 299-305. Time is measured by clocks in the world of business and the court, not in the forest of Arden.
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  • ''You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,
    And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,
    And all for use of that which is mine own.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 111-3. "Gaberdine" means loose cape or cloak.
  • ''Unquiet meals make ill digestions.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The Abbess, in The Comedy of Errors, act 5, sc. 1, l. 74. To Adriana, who has been criticizing her husband.
  • ''The sun of Rome is set. Our day is gone;
    Clouds, dews, and dangers come; our deeds are done.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titinius, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 3, l. 63-4. On finding Cassius dead at the battle of Philippi.
  • ''O time, thou must untangle this, not I.
    It is too hard a knot for me t'untie.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Viola, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 2, l. 40-1. On realizing that Olivia has fallen in love with her, supposing her to be a man (Cesario).
  • ''I think this be the most villainous house in all London road for fleas.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 2nd Carrier, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 1, l. 14-5. "House" means inn.
  • ''The day frowns more and more.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antigonus, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 3, l. 54.
  • ''This was the noblest Roman of them all.
    All the conspirators save only he
    Did that they did in envy of great Caesar.
    He only, in a general honest thought
    And common good to all, made one of them.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 5, l. 68-72. His eulogy of Brutus.
  • ''You dare easier be friends with me than fight with mine enemy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1, l. 298-9. To Benedick, who hesitates at the idea of killing his friend Claudio.
  • ''I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 204-7.

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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 Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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