William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Like to the Pontic Sea,
    Whose icy current and compulsive course
    Ne'er knows retiring ebb, but keeps due on
    To the Propontic and the Hellespont,
    Even so my bloody thoughts with violent pace
    Shall ne'er look back, ne'er ebb to humble love,
    Till that a capable and wide revenge
    Swallow them up.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 453-60. The "Pontic Sea" is the Black Sea; the "Propontic" or Sea of Marmora, and the "Hellespont" the straits of the Dardanelles, connect the Black Sea with the Aegean Sea in the Mediterranean.
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  • ''Dead shepherd, now I find thy saw of might,
    "Who ever lov'd that lov'd not at first sight?"''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Phebe, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 5, l. 81-2. The quotation from Christopher Marlowe's poem Hero and Leander (1598), I.176 has passed into proverb lore. Marlowe died in 1593. Phebe, a shepherdess, calls Marlowe a shepherd.
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  • ''Death makes no conquest of this conqueror,
    For now he lives in fame though not in life.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Edward, in Richard III, act 3, sc. 1, l. 87-8. Commenting on Julius Caesar.
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  • ''A man that apprehends death no more dreadfully but as a drunken sleep, careless, reckless, and fearless of what's past, present, or to come; insensible of mortality, and desperately mortal.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Provost, in Measure for Measure, act 4, sc. 2, l. 142-5. On Barnadine, long since sentenced to die, and who has no fear of death, and no hope of escaping it ("desperately mortal").
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  • ''It is nor hand, nor foot,
    Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
    Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
    What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other word would smell as sweet;
    So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
    Retain that dear perfection which he owes
    Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
    And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
    Take all myself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Romeo and Juliet (II, ii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''Enter Rumor, painted full of tongues.
    Open your ears; for which of you will stop
    The vent of hearing when loud Rumor speaks?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rumor, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 1-2 and stage direction. The chorus to the play.
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  • ''I owe him little duty and less love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Somerset, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 4, sc. 4, l. 34.
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  • ''But this rough magic
    I here abjure, and when I have required
    Some heavenly music—which even now I do—
    To work mine end upon their senses that
    This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,
    Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
    And deeper than did ever plummet sound
    I'll drown my book.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Tempest (V, i). OAEL-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''Two loves I have of comfort and despair
    Which like two spirits do suggest me still;
    The better angel is a man right fair,
    The worser spirit a woman, colored ill.
    To win me soon to hell, my female evil
    Tempteth my better angel from my side,
    And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
    Wooing his purity with her foul pride.
    And whether that my angel be turned fiend,
    Suspect I may, yet not directly tell;
    But being both from me; both to each friend,
    I guess one angel in another's hell.
    Yet this shall I ne'er know, but live in doubt,
    Till my bad angel fire my good one out.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Two loves I have of comfort and despair (l. 1-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''Where I could not be honest,
    I never yet was valiant.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Albany, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 1, l. 24-5. He is unwilling to fight except in a good cause; "honest" means honorable.
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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 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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