William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''The worthiness of praise distains his worth
    If that the praised himself bring the praise forth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Aeneas, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 3, l. 241-2. "Distains his worth" = taints or loses its value.
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  • ''But I will be
    A bridegroom in my death, and run into't
    As to a lover's bed.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 15, l. 99-101 (1623). Defeated and dishonored by Octavius Caesar, Antony longs to join Cleopatra, whom he believes to be dead, though he botches his act of suicide.
  • ''What a fool Honesty is! and Trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Autolycus, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 595-6. He finds it easy to cheat the honest shepherds.
  • ''If a man do not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument than the bell rings and the widow weeps.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2, l. 77-80.
  • ''With meditating that she must die once,
    I have the patience to endure it now.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 191-2. On the death of his wife, Portia.
  • ''You taught me language, and my profit on't
    Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you
    For learning me your language!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caliban, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 2, l. 363-5. To Prospero; "red" refers to red sores caused by plague.
  • ''Those that she makes fair she scarce makes honest, and those that she makes honest she makes very ill-favoredly.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Celia, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 2, l. 37-9. Discussing Fortune's contrary gifts to women with Rosalind.
  • ''My salad days,
    When I was green in judgment, cold in blood,
    To say as I said then!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 5, l. 73-5. Dismissing her earlier love for Julius Caesar.
  • ''This thorn
    Doth to our rose of youth rightly belong.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Countess of Rossillion, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 1, sc. 3, l. 129-30. The "thorn" is Helena's unrequited love.
  • ''Douglas. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet.
    Worcester. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Douglas and Worcester, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 127-8. News that Glendower, one of the leading rebels, cannot muster his army for fourteen days.

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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 Cviii

What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case

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