William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Aged ears play truant at his tales,
    And younger hearings are quite ravished,
    So sweet and voluble is his discourse.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosaline, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 2, sc. 1, l. 74-6. Praising Berowne; "play truant" = cease to attend to serious business; "voluble" = lively, quick.
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  • ''What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4, l. 97-8. Treating Malvolio as if he is mad.
  • ''And where two raging fires meet together;
    They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.
    Though little fire grows great with little wind,
    Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Taming of the Shrew (II, i). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''I am weaker than a woman's tear,
    Tamer than sleep, fonder than ignorance,
    Less valiant than the virgin in the night,
    And skilless as unpractised infancy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 1, l. 9-12. "Fonder" = more foolish; his love for Cressida prevents him from fighting against the Greeks.
  • ''I fear me you but warm the starvèd snake,
    Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. York, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 3, sc. 1, l. 343-4. Plotting rebellion.
  • ''You are as strong, as valiant, as wise, no less noble, much more gentle, and altogether more tractable.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Agamemnon, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3, l. 148-50. Comparing Ajax to Achilles.
  • ''Come,
    Let's have one other gaudy night.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 13, l. 181-2. Calling, in defeat, for one more night of feasting (certain college feasts in Oxford and Cambridge are still called a "gaudy").
  • ''If I had a mind to be honest, I see Fortune would not suffer me: she drops booties in my mouth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Autolycus, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 831-2. Thinking him a courtier, the shepherds have given him gold to conduct their business at court.
  • ''She speaks poniards, and every word stabs.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 247-8. On Beatrice's sharp tongue.
  • ''Shall we now
    Contaminate our fingers with base bribes,
    And sell the mighty space of our large honors
    For so much trash as may be grasped thus?
    I had rather be a dog and bay the moon
    Than such a Roman.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 23-8. Reprimanding Cassius.

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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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