William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He was disposed to mirth, but on the sudden
    A Roman thought hath struck him.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 2, l. 82-3. Antony occasionally remembers his duties as a ruler, and his wife in Rome.
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  • ''My thoughts were like unbridled children, grown
    Too headstrong for their mother.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cressida, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 122-3. Admitting her love for Troilus.
  • ''Sorrow ends not when it seemeth done.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duchess of Gloucester, in Richard II, act 1, sc. 2, l. 61. Lamenting her murdered husband.
  • ''For government, though high, and low, and lower,
    Put into parts, doth keep in one consent,
    Congreeing in a full and natural close,
    Like music.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Exeter, in Henry V, act 1, sc. 2, l. 180-3. Though divided among social groups, and into various functions ("parts"), the aspects of government agree together ("congreeing") in a final harmony ("close"); "parts" means quibbles on the parts in a musical score.
  • ''These sweet thoughts do even refresh my labors.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ferdinand, in The Tempest, act 3, sc. 1, l. 14. Thoughts, that is, of Miranda, with whom he is in love.
  • ''But virtue, as it never will be moved,
    Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven,
    So lust, though to a radiant angel linked,
    Will sate itself in a celestial bed
    And prey on garbage.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 53-7. Accusing his widow Gertrude of lust in marrying a brother he despises, a marriage he regards as incestuous; "shape of heaven" means angelic form; "sate itself" means gratify its appetite to the point of disgust.
  • ''Hamlet. Methinks I see my father.
    Horatio. Where, my lord?
    Hamlet. In my mind's eye, Horatio.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet and Horatio, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 184-5. Recalling the appearance of the ghost of old Hamlet in the previous scene.
  • ''Report me and my cause aright.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2.
  • ''They come like sacrifices in their trim,
    And to the fire-eyed maid of smoky war
    All hot and bleeding will we offer them.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 113-5. Expecting to defeat Prince Hal and his army; "fire-eyed maid" means Bellona, goddess of war.
  • ''O, it is excellent
    To have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous
    To use it like a giant.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Isabella, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2.

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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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