William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Come, thou monarch of the vine.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Song, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 7, l. 113. Song to Bacchus, god of wine.
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  • ''Double, double, toil and trouble
    Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The three witches, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 1, l. 10-11 (1623).
  • ''The tyrannous and bloody deed is done,
    The most arch deed of piteous massacre
    That ever yet this land was guilty of.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Tyrell, in Richard III, act 4, sc. 3, l. 1-3. Lamenting the murder, ordered by Richard, of the two young princes in the Tower of London.
  • ''Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Albany, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 346. Varying the proverb, "let well alone."
  • ''What our contempts doth often hurl from us,
    We wish it ours again.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 2, l. 123-4. Regret for what is scorned and thrown away.
  • ''A heavy summons lies like lead upon me,
    And yet I would not sleep.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Banquo, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 1, l. 6-7. Weariness summons him to sleep, but he is troubled in mind.
  • ''At Christmas I no more desire a rose
    Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows,
    But like of each thing that in season grows.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Berowne, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 1, sc. 1, l. 105-7. Berowne rejects the idea of mature men devoting themselves to study.
  • ''Th' abuse of greatness is when it disjoins
    Remorse from power.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1. Contemplating the assassination of Caesar.
  • ''I could do this, and that with no rash potion,
    But with a lingering dram, that should not work
    Maliciously, like poison.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Camillo, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 2, l. 319-21. On first hearing the king, Leontes, urge him to poison his "enemy," Polixenes.
  • ''Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, prologue, l. 23. "Piece out" means make good.

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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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