William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Snug. Have you the lion's part written? Pray you, if it be, give it me; for I am slow of study.
    Quince. You may do it extempore, for it is nothing but roaring.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Snug and Quince, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 2, l. 66-8.
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  • ''While you here do snoring lie,
    Open-eyed conspiracy
    His time doth take.
    If of life you keep a care,
    Shake off slumber, and beware.
    Awake, Awake!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Tempest (II, i). OAEL-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''I am as true as truth's simplicity,
    And simpler than the infancy of truth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 169-70. Swearing eternal constancy in love to Cressida.
  • ''He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Agrippa, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 2. Said of Caesar and Cleopatra.
  • ''I am so lated in the world, that I
    Have lost my way for ever.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 11, l. 3-4. Despairing after losing the battle of Actium; "lated" means belated, or benighted as if obscured in darkness.
  • ''My father named me Autolycus, who being, as I am, littered under Mercury, was likewise a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Autolycus, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 3, l. 24-6 (1623). In mythology, Autolycus was the son of Mercury (god of thieves); here, Autolycus was born when the planet Mercury was in the ascendant.
  • ''How now, Horatio? you tremble and look pale.
    Is not this something more than fantasy?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bernardo, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 53-4. The skeptical Horatio has seen the ghost; "fantasy" means imagination.
  • ''O conspiracy,
    Sham'st thou to show thy dang'rous brow by night,
    When evils are most free? O then, by day
    Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
    To mask thy monstrous visage?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 77-81. On the arrival at his house of the conspirators, hiding their faces in their cloaks.
  • ''You never spoke what did become you less
    Than this.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Camillo, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 2, l. 282-3. On hearing Leontes accuse his wife of adultery.
  • ''I love long life better than figs.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Charmian, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 2, l. 32. Figs were associated with sexual activity.

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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 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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