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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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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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