William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines everywhere.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 1, l. 38-9. To Cesario (Viola in disguise), varying the proverb, "the sun shines on all alike"; "foolery" is Feste's profession, but also means foolish behavior.
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  • ''O Hamlet, what a falling off was there!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 45-7. On the part of his widow, Gertrude, who has married his brother Claudius.
  • ''The play, I remember, pleased not the million, 'twas caviare
    to the general.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 435-7. "Caviare to the general" means too rare a delicacy for the multitude.
  • ''He that plays the king shall be welcome.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 319. Welcoming the actors who come to play at court.
  • ''Doomsday is near, die all, die merrily.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 134. A rallying call to his fellow rebels as they face a battle against the king's forces.
  • ''It oft falls out,
    To have what we would have, we speak not what we mean.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Isabella, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 4, l. 117-8. To Angelo; she has overpitched her pleading for the life of her brother.
  • ''Katherina. Where did you study all this goodly speech?
    Petruchio. It is extempore, from my mother-wit.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Katherina and Petruchio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 2, sc. 1, l. 262-3. Petruchio has been praising Katherine for sweetness of temper.
  • ''When the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger;
    Stiffen the sinews, conjure up the blood,
    Disguise fair nature with hard-favored rage;
    Then lend the eye a terrible aspect.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 1, l. 5-9. Encouraging his soldiers to fight.
  • ''Well you deserve. They well deserve to have
    That know the strong'st and surest way to get.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 3, l. 200-1. To Bolingbroke, who has seized power.
  • ''No, I will be the pattern of all patience,
    I will say nothing.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 2, l. 37-8.

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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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