William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Injurious Time now, with a robber's haste,
    Crams his rich thievery up, he knows not how;
    As many farewells as be stars in heaven,
    With distinct breath and consigned kisses to them,
    He fumbles up into a loose adieu,
    And scants us with a single famished kiss,
    Distasted with the salt of broken tears.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 4, sc. 4, l. 42-8. On parting from Cressida; "he knows not how" = indiscriminately; numberless farewells, each with its kisses, are crammed into a casual ("loose") parting.
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  • ''Albany. Well, you may fear too far.
    Goneril. Safer than trust too far.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Albany and Goneril, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 328-9.
  • ''Since the torch is out,
    Lie down and stray no further.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 14, l. 46-7. The "torch" is the light of his life, Cleopatra.
  • ''Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
    Men were deceivers ever,
    One foot in sea and one on shore,
    To one thing constant never:
    Then sigh not so, but let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny,
    Converting all your sounds of woe
    Into Hey nonny, nonny.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Balthasar, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 3, l. 62-9. One of Shakespeare's best-known songs.
  • ''Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Berowne, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 4, sc. 3, l. 253. Referring to the black-eyed Rosaline.
  • ''I will not do thee so much wrong to wake thee.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 270. His servant Lucius has fallen asleep.
  • ''She is
    The queen of curds and cream.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Camillo, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 160-1. Seeing Perdita, really a princess, among the country shepherds and shepherdesses.
  • ''A city on th' inconstant billows dancing;
    For so appears this fleet majestical.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, act 3, prologue, l. 15. Imagining the English fleet sailing to France.
  • ''I was
    A morsel for a monarch.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 5, l. 30-1. Recalling her affair with Julius Caesar.
  • ''They say all lovers swear more performance than they are able, and yet reserve an ability that they never perform; vowing more than the perfection of ten, and discharging less than the tenth part of one.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cressida, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 84-7. Showing her anxiety about the claims Troilus is making for love.

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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 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

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