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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''Time is a very bankrupt and owes more than he's worth to
    season.
    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."
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

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 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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