William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Sits the wind in that corner?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 3, l. 98. is that how things stand?; On overhearing it said that Beatrice loves him.
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  • ''Ambition's debt is paid.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 83. Meaning the ambition of the assassinated Caesar.
  • ''The noise of battle hurtled in the air,
    Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan,
    And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Calpurnia, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 2, l. 22-4. Hoping, by reporting these strange happenings, to persuade her husband Caesar not to go to the Capitol.
  • ''They ... fleet the time carelessly, as they did in the golden world.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Charles, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 1, l. 118-9. The exiled Duke and his followers pass their time free from care, recalling the mythical golden age of man.
  • ''Then is it sin
    To rush into the secret house of death
    Ere death dare come to us?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 16. On the death of Antony.
  • ''That she was never yet that ever knew
    Love got so sweet as when desire did sue.
    Therefore this maxim out of love I teach:
    Achievement is command; ungained, beseech.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cressida, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 2, l. 290-3. Realizing that once she has yielded to a man she will be subject to his whims ("command"), but if she holds off he will remain a suitor.
  • ''Time is a very bankrupt and owes more than he's worth to
    Nay, he's a thief too: have you not heard men say,
    That Time comes stealing on by night and day?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dromio of Syracuse, in The Comedy of Errors, act 4, sc. 2, l. 58-60. Time proverbially steals away; "season" means opportunity, with a quibble on "seizing," linking with "thief."
  • ''Rather rejoicing to see another merry, than merry at anything which professed to make him rejoice; a gentleman of all temperance.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Escalus, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 2, l. 235-7. Describing the Duke's pleasures; "temperance" means moderation.
  • ''You, O you,
    So perfect and so peerless, are created
    Of every creature's best!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ferdinand, in The Tempest, act 3, sc. 1, l. 46-8. Expressing his love for Miranda.
  • ''Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive
    Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven,
    And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge
    To prick and sting her.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 85-8. The Ghost wants his former Queen, Hamlet's mother, spared.

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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 Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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