William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''We know each other's faces; for our hearts,
    He knows no more of mine than I of yours,
    Or I of his, my lord, than you of mine.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Buckingham, in Richard III, act 3, sc. 4, l. 10-12. Deceiving the Bishop of Ely; Buckingham is conspiring with Richard.
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  • ''This day I breathèd first—time is come round,
    And where I did begin, there shall I end.
    My life is run his compass.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 3, l. 23-4. Believing the battle is lost; "compass" means full circle.
  • ''What have I to give you back, whose worth
    May counterpoise this rich and precious gift?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1, l. 27-8. The "gift" is Leonato's daughter, Hero.
  • ''The general so likes your music, that he desires you for love's sake to make no more noise with it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Clown, in Othello, act 3, sc. 1, l. 11-3.
  • ''Masters, do not forget to specify, when time and place shall serve, that I am an ass.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 255-6.
  • ''This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air
    Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
    Unto our gentle senses.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duncan, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 6, l. 1-3. "Seat" means situation; "gentle senses" means sense made gentle by the air or breeze.
  • ''Shall I not take mine ease in mine inn?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 3, l. 80-1.
  • ''That sir which serves and seeks for gain,
    And follows but for form,
    Will pack when it begins to rain,
    And leave thee in the storm.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 78-81. "Sir" means man; "pack" means pack up and go.
  • ''Gonzalo. Nay, good, be patient.
    Boatswain. When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarers for the name of king?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gonzalo and Boatswain, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 1, l. 15-7. The storm has no respect for social rank.
  • ''Where be your gibes now, your gambols, your songs, your
    flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a
    roar?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 1, l. 189-91. Holding the skull of Yorick, the king's jester.

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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 Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

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