William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Romeo. Courage, man, the hurt cannot be much.
    Mercutio. No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door, but 'tis enough, 'twill serve. Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo and Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 95-8. Even as he is dying, stabbed by Tybalt, Mercutio jests with a pun on the word "grave."
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  • ''O, call back yesterday, bid time return.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Salisbury, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 65 (1597).
  • ''In sweet music is such art,
    Killing care and grief of heart
    Fall asleep, or hearing die.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Song, in Henry VIII, act 3, sc. 1, l. 12-14.
  • ''It is required
    You do awake your faith.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. The Winter's Tale (V, iii). OBSC. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''Let us, like merchants, show our foulest wares,
    And think perchance they'll sell; if not,
    The lustre of the better yet to show
    Shall show the better.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 3, l. 358-61. Plotting with Nestor to ensure that Ajax, not Achilles, meets Hector's challenge.
  • ''I am a humble suitor to your virtues;
    For pity is the virtue of the law,
    And none but tyrants use it cruelly.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Alcibiades, in Timon of Athens, act 3, sc. 5, l. 7-9. Begging the senators of Athens for the life of a friend who has killed a man in a duel.
  • ''I must from this enchanting queen break off.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 2, l. 128. Recalling his responsibilities; "queen" puns on "quean," or whore.
  • ''What, can the devil speak true?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Banquo, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 3, l. 107. On one of the witches' prophecies being fulfilled; varying the proverb, "the devil sometimes speaks the truth."
  • ''When love speaks, the voice of all the gods
    Make heaven drowsy with the harmony.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Berowne, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 4, sc. 3, l. 341-2. As if the gods sing in response to human love.
  • ''I will not hold thee long. If I do live,
    I will be good to thee.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 265-6. Asking his servant Lucius to play music.

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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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