William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Berowne. What is the end of study, let me know?
    King. Why, that to know which else we should not know.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Berowne and the King, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 1, sc. 1, l. 55-6. Speaking of the little academy they propose to set up.
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  • ''Get you hence, sirrah! Saucy fellow, hence!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 134. Dismissing a poet who seeks to reconcile him with Cassius.
  • ''Be cured
    Of this diseased opinion, and betimes,
    For 'tis most dangerous.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Camillo, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 2, l. 296-8. Realizing Leontes is mentally unbalanced.
  • ''Chief Justice. Your means are very slender, and your waste is great.
    Falstaff. I would it were otherwise. I would my means were greater, and my waist slenderer.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chief Justice and Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 111-3. "Waste" means expense; Falstaff lives beyond his means.
  • ''What's brave, what's noble,
    Let's do't after the high Roman fashion,
    And make death proud to take us.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 15, l. 86-8. Determined to control her destiny.
  • ''Blind fear that seeing reason leads finds safer footing than blind reason stumbling without fear. To fear the worst oft cures the worst.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cressida, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 71-3. Proverbial.
  • ''Duchess of York. Good madam, be not angry with the child.
    Queen Elizabeth. Pitchers have ears.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duchess of York and Queen Elizabeth, in Richard III, act 2, sc. 4, l. 37. Referring to the precocious Duke of York; the proverb was usually "small pitchers have large ears."
  • ''All my mother came into mine eyes
    And gave me up to tears.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Exeter, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 6, l. 31-2. On the death in battle of Suffolk and York.
  • ''This music crept by me upon the waters,
    Allaying both their fury and my passion
    With its sweet air; thence have I followed it,
    Or it hath drawn me rather.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ferdinand, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 2, l. 392-5. Drawn by Ariel's music; this passage was used by T.S.Eliot in The Waste Land.
  • ''Adieu, adieu, adieu! remember me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 91. His father's ghost gives a final command to Hamlet.

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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 Cviii

What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case

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