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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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."
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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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