William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile,
    Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
    Than that of painted pomp?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 1-3. The banished duke moralizing in the forest of Arden.
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  • ''Watch tonight, pray tomorrow. Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 277-9. Happy in the prospect of a night's festivity; "watch" means stay awake.
  • ''There is a river in Macedon, and there is moreover a river in Monmouth. It is called Wye at Monmouth, but it is out of my prains what is the name of the other river; but 'tis all one, 'tis alike as my fingers is to my fingers, and there is salmons in both.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fluellen, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 7, l. 26-31. Fluellen's logic is as quaint as his language as he "proves" that Henry V is as great a soldier as Alexander the Great.
  • ''O, the difference of man and man!
    To thee a woman's services are due.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 2, l. 26-7. Making love to Edmund, so different from her husband, Albany.
  • ''Blest are those
    Whose blood and judgment are so well commingled
    That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger
    To sound what stop she please.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 68-71. Referring to Horatio; "blood" means passions; "commingled" means mixed.
  • ''So we grew together
    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition,
    Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 208-11.
  • ''He's a soldier fit to stand by Caesar
    And give direction.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 122-3. Commenting on Cassio.
  • ''Then the lover,
    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
    Made to his mistress' eyebrow.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 147-9. The third of the "seven ages" (l. 143) of man.
  • ''Those holy fields,
    Over whose acres walked those blessed feet
    Which fourteen hundred years ago were nailed
    For our advantage on the bitter cross.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 1, l. 24-7.
  • ''God shall be my hope,
    My stay, my guide, and lantern to my feet.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 2, sc. 3, l. 24-5.

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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 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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