William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''And we shall be merry, now comes in the sweet o' the night.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Justice Shallow, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 5, sc. 3, l. 50-1. As they break out the wine.
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  • ''Gloucester, 'tis true that we are in great danger;
    The greater therefore should our courage be.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 1, l. 1-2. Preparing to fight the French army.
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  • ''I am a villain. Yet I lie, I am not.
    Fool, of thyself speak well. Fool, do not flatter.
    My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
    And every tongue brings in a several tale,
    And every tale condemns me for a villain.
    Perjury, perjury, in the highest degree,
    Murder, stern murder, in the direst degree,
    All several sins, all used in each degree,
    Throng to the bar, crying all, "Guilty! Guilty!"
    I shall despair. There is no creature loves me,
    And if I die no soul will pity me.
    And wherefore should they, since that I myself
    Find in myself no pity to myself?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Richard III (V, iii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''Lear. Who is it that can tell me who I am?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear and Fool, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 230-1.
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  • ''Beauty and honor in her are so mingled
    That they have caught the king.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lord Chamberlain, in Henry VIII, act 2, sc. 3, l. 76-7. On Anne Bullen, soon to be queen.
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  • ''I dare do all that may become a man;
    Who dares do more is none.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7, l. 46-7. "Become" means be proper to, or grace, and could be meant in physical or moral terms.
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  • ''For through the painter must you see his skill,
    To find where your true image pictured lies,
    Which in my bosom's shop is hanging still,''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Mine eye hath play'd the painter (l. 5-7). EyDe. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''Pacing through the forest,
    Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Oliver, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 3, l. 100-1. On Orlando mulling over his thoughts of love.
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  • ''Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate,
    Nor set down aught in malice.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2. Making an appeal to his arresting officers.
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  • ''Eyes, that are the frail'st and softest things,
    Who shut their coward gates on atomies.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Phebe, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 5, l. 12-3. "Atomies" are atoms or motes.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Fear No More

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...

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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