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

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 Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,