William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Who's born that day
    When I forget to send to Antony,
    Shall die a beggar.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 5, l. 63-5. Messages of love to the absent Antony.
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  • ''But though I loved you well, I wooed you not;
    And yet, good faith, I wished myself a man,
    Or that we women had men's privilege
    Of speaking first.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cressida, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 126-9. Confessing she has long desired Troilus.
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  • ''Methinks you are my glass, and not my brother:
    I see by you I am a sweet-faced youth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dromio of Ephesus, in The Comedy of Errors, act 5, sc. 1, l. 418-9. The twins meet at last.
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  • ''Escalus. What do you think of the trade, Pompey? Is it a lawful trade?
    Pompey. If the law would allow it, sir.
    Escalus. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna.
    Pompey. Does your worship mean to geld and spay all the youth of the city?
    Escalus. No, Pompey.
    Pompey. Truly, sir, in my poor opinion they will to't then. If your worship will take order for the drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Escalus and Pompey, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 1, l. 225-35. Pompey is defending his trade as a bawd.
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  • ''Ferdinand. I do beseech you—
    Chiefly that I may set it in my prayers—
    What is your name?
    Miranda. Miranda.—O my father,
    I have broke your hest to say so.
    Ferdinand. Admired Miranda,
    Indeed the top of admiration! worth
    What's dearest to the world!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ferdinand and Miranda, in The Tempest, act 3, sc. 1, l. 34-9. Playing on the meaning of "Miranda," to be wondered at or admired (from the Latin); "hest" means command.
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  • ''Ghost. My hour is almost come
    When I to sulph'rous and tormenting flames
    Must render up myself.
    Hamlet. Alas, poor ghost!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost and Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 2-4. "Sulph'rous and tormenting flames" means purgatorial fire.
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  • ''Hamlet: Why was he sent into England?
    Grave-digger: Why, because a was mad. A shall recover his wits there; or if a do not, 'tis no great matter there.
    Hamlet: Why?
    Grave-digger: 'Twill not be seen in him there. There the men are as mad as he.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet and Grave-digger, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 1, l. 149-55. The Grave-digger does not recognize Hamlet, whom he thinks is in England.
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  • ''How all occasions do inform against me,
    And spur my dull revenge!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 4, l. 32-3. "Inform against me" means accuse me of inaction.
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  • ''Nay sure, he's not in hell; he's in Arthur's bosom, if ever
    man went to Arthur's bosom. 'A made a finer end, and went
    away an it had been any christom child.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hostess Quickly, in Henry V, act 2, sc. 3, l. 9-12. On Falstaff: she confuses King Arthur with Abraham (a beggar is carried by angels to "Abraham's bosom" in Luke 16:22); by "christom child" she means newly christened baby.
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  • ''Our very eyes
    Are sometimes, like our judgments, blind.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Imogen, in Cymbeline, act 4, sc. 2, l. 301-2. Not knowing whether she is dreaming or awake.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii)

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting-
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,-
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

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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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