William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''All so soon as the all-cheering sun
    Should in the farthest east begin to draw
    The shady curtains from Aurora's bed.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Montague, in Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 134-6.
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  • ''I shall th'effect of this good lesson keep
    As watchman to my heart.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ophelia, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3. In response to the lengthy advice given her by her brother Polonius before his departure for France.
  • ''Had it pleased heaven
    To try me with affliction, had they rained
    All kind of sores and shames on my bare head,
    Steeped me in poverty to the very lips,
    Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes,
    I should have found in some place of my soul
    A drop of patience.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 4, sc. 2, l. 47-53.
  • ''I am qualmish at the smell of leek.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pistol, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 1, l. 21. He is insulting Fluellen, who wears a leek to identify himself as Welsh (usually worn on St. David's Day, delebrating the patron saint of Wales).
  • ''His valors shown upon our crests today
    Have taught us how to cherish such high deeds
    Even in the bosom of our adversaries.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 4, l. 29-31. Freeing the prisoner Douglas, who has fought heroically.
  • ''The screech-owl, screeching loud,
    Puts the wretch that lies in woe
    In remembrance of a shroud.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Puck, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1, l. 376-8. The owl was regarded as a bird of ill omen, often foreboding death.
  • ''O mischief, thou art swift
    To enter in the thoughts of desperate men!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 5, sc. 1.
  • ''Sebastian. He is drunk now. Where had he wine?
    Alonzo. And Trinculo is reeling ripe. Where should they
    Find this grand liquor that hath gilded 'em?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sebastian and Alonzo, in The Tempest, act 5, sc. 1, l. 278-9. On the arrival of the drunken butler Stephano and his companion Trinculo; "gilded" means flushed, made them red-faced.
  • ''For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright,
    Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sonnet 151 (1609).
  • ''"I hate" from hate away she threw,
    And saved my life, saying "not you."''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Those lips that love's own hand did make (l. 13-14). Son. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.

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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 Li

Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;

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