William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Nothing can we call our own but death,
    And that small model of the barren earth
    Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 152-4. The "model" is the body, made of earth (Genesis, 3:19).
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  • ''Lear. How old art thou?
    Kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for singing, nor so old to dote on her for anything.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear and Kent, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 36-8. Kent goes on to say he is 48 years old.
  • ''I am well acquainted with your manner of wrenching the true
    cause the false way.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lord Chief Justice, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 1, l. 109-11. On Falstaff's deviousness.
  • ''Ourself will mingle with society
    And play the humble host.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 3-4. "Society" means the guests at his feast.
  • ''I might call him
    A thing divine, for nothing natural
    I ever saw so noble.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Miranda, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 2, l. 418-20. Miranda's first sight of a young man, Ferdinand.
  • ''Olivia. Is't not well done?
    Viola. Excellently done, if God did all.
    Olivia. 'Tis in grain, sir, 'twill endure wind and weather.
    Viola. 'Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and white
    Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Olivia and Viola, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 5, l. 235-40. Viola admires the blending of colors in Olivia's beauty, which is fast-dyed or natural ("in grain"), not contrived with cosmetics.
  • ''My heart is turned to stone; I strike it, and it hurts my hand.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 4, sc. 1, l. 182-3.
  • ''The best thing in him
    Is his complexion.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Phebe, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 5, l. 115-6. On Rosalind disguised as a young man.
  • ''I will remain
    The loyal'st husband that did e'er plight troth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Posthumus, in Cymbeline, act 1, sc. 1, l. 95-6. To Imogen, his wife, as they are about to be parted.
  • ''Under your good correction, I have seen
    When, after execution, judgment hath
    Repented o'er his doom.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Provost, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2, l. 10-2. Cautioning Angelo against the too hasty execution of Claudio; "doom" means sentence.

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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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