William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Rosalind. Well, this is the forest of Arden.
    Touchstone. Ay, now am I in Arden, the more fool I.
    When I was at home, I was in a better place, but travellers must be content.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind and Touchstone, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 4, l. 15-18.
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  • ''Well then, it now appears you need my help.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 114. To Antonio, who has reviled him.
  • ''Sweet recreation barred, what doth ensue
    But moody and dull melancholy,
    Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The Abbess, in The Comedy of Errors, act 5, sc. 1, l. 78-80. Showing Adriana the state to which she has supposedly driven her husband.
  • ''Come and take choice of all my library,
    And so beguile thy sorrow.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 4, sc. 1, l. 34-5. To Lavinia, who has no hands to cope with books.
  • ''In such business
    Action is eloquence, and the eyes of th' ignorant
    More learned than the ears.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Volumnia, in Coriolanus, act 3, sc. 2, l. 75-7. Coriolanus's mother advises him to look humble in front of the Roman people in order to win votes.
  • ''Thou hast the sweetest face I ever looked on.
    Sir, as I have a soul, she is an angel.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 2nd Gentleman, in Henry VIII, act 4, sc. 1, l. 43. On seeing Anne Bullen, now crowned as Queen.
  • ''Along with them
    They brought one Pinch, a hungry lean-faced villain,
    A mere anatomy, a mountebank,
    A threadbare juggler and a fortune-teller,
    A needy, hollow-eyed, sharp looking wretch,
    A living dead man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antipholus of Ephesus, in The Comedy of Errors, act 5, sc. 1, l. 237-42. Doctor Pinch, a schoolmaster and charlatan ("mountebank"), called in by Adriana to help restore Antipholus when she supposed her husband was mad; "anatomy" means skeleton.
  • ''O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 104-5. Otherwise, he implies, they would all mourn for Caesar.
  • ''I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 131-2.
  • ''I will aggravate my voice so that I will roar you as gently as any sucking dove. I will roar you and 'twere any nightingale.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 2, l. 81-4. Bottom offers the gentlest of lion's roars so as not to frighten ladies; he means to say "moderate."

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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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