William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Never was monarch better feared and loved
    Than is your Majesty.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cambridge, in Henry V, act 2, sc. 2, l. 25-6.
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  • ''Now boast thee, death, in thy possession lies
    A lass unparalleled.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Charmian, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 315-6. The "lass" is Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.
  • ''Show me, my women, like a queen; go fetch
    My best attires. I am again for Cydnus
    To meet Mark Antony.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 227-9. Dressing up to recapture her first glamorous meeting with Antony.
  • ''To fear the worst oft cures the worse.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cressida, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2. Her answer to Troilus' remark, "Fears make cherubim of angels; they never see truly." She maintains that "Blind fear, that seeing reason leads, finds safer footing than blind reason, stumbling without fear."
  • ''Art thou gone too? All comfort go with thee,
    For none abides with me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duchess of Gloucester, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 87-8. On being forced to part from her husband.
  • ''Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Escalus, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 1, l. 38. Thinking of the generally virtuous Claudio, sentenced to death by Angelo.
  • ''Where should this music be? I' th' air, or th' earth?
    It sounds no more.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ferdinand, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 2, l. 388-9. On hearing Ariel's spirit music.
  • ''But this eternal blazon must not be
    To ears of flesh and blood.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 21-2. Refusing to describe to Hamlet his afterlife; "eternal blazon" means revelation of eternal things.
  • ''Hamlet. What, looked he frowningly?
    Horatio. A countenance more
    In sorrow than in anger.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet and Horatio, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 231-2. Describing the expression of the ghost of Hamlet's father.
  • ''Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint
    an inch thick, to this favor she must come; make her laugh at
    that.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 1, l. 192-5. Addressing the skull of Yorick, the king's jester.

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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 Li

Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;

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