William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''The swan's down feather,
    That stands upon the swell at the full of tide,
    And neither way inclines.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 2, l. 48-50. His image of Octavia's state of mind as she goes to Greece with him, and leaves her brother Octavius in Rome.
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  • ''No jutty, frieze,
    Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird
    Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle;
    Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed
    The air is delicate.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Banquo, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 6, l. 6-10.
  • ''Revels, dances, masques, and merry hours
    Forerun fair love, strewing her way with flowers.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Berowne, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 4, sc. 3, l. 376-7. Berowne's plan to win over the ladies of the court.
  • '''Tis a common proof
    That lowliness is young ambition's ladder.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 21-2.
  • '''Tis not hard, I think,
    For men so old as we to keep the peace.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Capulet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 2-3. The Prince has bound old Capulet and Montague to keep the peace.
  • ''Still be kind,
    And eke out our performance with your mind.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, act 3, prologue, l. 34-5. Addressing the audience.
  • ''If thou and nature can so gently part,
    The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch,
    Which hurts, and is desired.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 295-6. Addressing Iras, one of her attendants, who dies just before Cleopatra herself.
  • ''From the rising of the lark to the lodging of the lamb.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dauphin, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 7, l. 31-32. I.e., from dawn to dusk, when the lamb lies down to sleep.
  • ''I love the people,
    But do not like to stage me to their eyes;
    Though it do well, I do not relish well
    Their loud applause and aves vehement;
    Nor do I think the man of safe discretion
    That does affect it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke, in Measure for Measure, act 1, sc. 1, l. 67-72. Deputizing Angelo to rule Vienna in his place; "aves" means cries of acclaim; "safe" means sound.
  • ''To awake your dormouse valor, to put fire in your heart, and brimstone in your liver.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fabian, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 2, l. 19-20. Trying to provoke Sir Andrew to challenge Cesario (Viola); "brimstone" means sulphur.

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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 Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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