William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Honest plain words best pierce the ear of grief.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Berowne, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 5, sc. 2, l. 753. News of the death of the Princess's father reduces the courtiers to plain-speaking.
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  • ''What you would work me to, I have some aim.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 163. "Aim" means idea.
  • ''We go to gain a little patch of ground
    That hath in it no profit but the name.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Captain, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 4, l. 18 (1604). The passage in which the Captain's speech occurs is absent from the 1623 Folio edition.
  • ''But pardon, gentles all,
    The flat unraised spirits that hath dared
    On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
    So great an object.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, prologue, l. 8-11. Apologizing to the audience ("gentles" means gentlemen and gentlewomen) for the inadequacy of the actors on their stage ("scaffold").
  • ''O, my oblivion is a very Antony,
    And I am all forgotten.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 3, l. 90-1. Her forgetfulness (oblivion) is due to her preoccupation with Antony, so that she forgets herself, and at the same time implies that he forgets her in going to Rome.
  • ''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 o' 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-dreaded thunder-stone;
    Fear not slander, censure rash;
    Thou hast finished joy and moan:
    All lovers young, all lovers must
    Consign to thee and come to dust.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Cymbeline (IV, ii). "Fidele's Dirge" sung as a duet with Arviragus over the supposedly dead body of Fidele (the disguised Imogen). The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''When thou art old and rich,
    Thou hast neither heat, affection, limb, nor beauty,
    To make thy riches pleasant.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 1, l. 36-8. Preparing Claudio to face death.
  • '''Tis much when sceptres are in children's hands,
    But more when envy breeds unkind division:
    There comes the ruin, there begins confusion.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Exeter, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 192-4.
  • ''O, he's drunk, Sir Toby, an hour agone; his eyes were set at eight i' th' morning.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 5, sc. 1, l. 198-9. Referring to the surgeon who should attend to the injured Sir Toby.
  • ''But soft, methinks I scent the morning air,
    Brief let me be.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 58-9. The ghost has to return to his "prison-house" by day.

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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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