William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 123-4 (1604). Speaking to Ophelia. Hamlet's reasoned thus: "I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me.... What should such fellows as I do crawling between heaven and earth? We are arrant knaves, all."
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  • ''And you all know security
    Is mortals' chiefest enemy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hecate, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 5, l. 32-3. Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, speaks to the witches.
  • ''This sickness doth infect
    The very life-blood of our enterprise.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 28-9. The enterprise is the rebellion against King Henry; the sickness of Northumberland prevents him from taking part.
  • ''How bravely thou becom'st thy bed! fresh lily,
    And whiter than the sheets!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jachimo, in Cymbeline, act 2, sc. 2, l. 15-6. Looking at Imogen asleep.
  • ''Vex not his ghost. O, let him pass; he hates him
    That would upon the rack of this tough world
    Stretch him out longer.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 3, l. 314-6. On the dying King Lear; "ghost" means departing spirit.
  • ''By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    ...
    But if it be a sin to covet honor
    I am the most offending soul alive.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 3, l. 24, 28-9. Before the battle of Agincourt.
  • ''He does me double wrong
    That wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 215-6. "Double wrong" in deceiving and in raising false hopes.
  • ''Infirmity doth still neglect all office
    Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves
    When nature, being oppressed, commands the mind
    To suffer with the body.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 106-9. Ill health makes us neglect the duties ("all office") we are obliged to do when well.
  • ''How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
    Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
    Creep in our ears. Soft stillness and the night
    Become the touches of sweet harmony.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lorenzo, in The Merchant of Venice, act 5, sc. 1, l. 54-7. To Jessica, while they await the arrival of Portia.
  • ''A walking shadow, a poor player,
    that struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 5.

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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 Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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