William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''If thou art rich, thou'rt poor,
    For like an ass, whose back with ingots bows,
    Thou bear'st thy heavy riches but a journey,
    And death unloads thee.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 1, l. 25-8. Preparing Claudio to face death.
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  • ''Over hill, over dale,
    Thorough bush, thorough briar,
    Over park, over pale,
    Thorough flood, thorough fire;
    I do wander everywhere
    Swifter than the moon's sphere.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fairy, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 2-7. "Thorough" means through (as in the modern "thoroughfare"); a pale is a fence, which would not stop fairies.
  • ''The old saying is 'The third pays for all.'''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 5, sc. 1, l. 37. The phrase has to do with the mystique attaching to the number three.
  • ''I framed to the harp
    Many an English ditty lovely well.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Glendower, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 121-2.
  • ''We are arrant knaves all, believe none of us.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 128. In Hamlet's anger against Ophelia he denounces all men.
  • ''You have both said well,
    And on the cause and question now in hand
    Have glozed, but superficially—not much
    Unlike young men whom Aristotle thought
    Unfit to hear moral philosophy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hector, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 2, l. 163-7. Referring to Paris and Troilus in the debate about whether to keep Helen; "glozed" = commented. Aristotle lived long after the Trojan war took place.
  • ''O, he is as tedious
    As a tired horse, a railing wife,
    Worse than a smoky house.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 157-9. Meaning Glendower.
  • ''On her left breast
    A mole cinque-spotted, like the crimson drops
    I' th' bottom of a cowslip.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jachimo, in Cymbeline, act 2, sc. 2, l. 37-9. Looking at Imogen asleep; cinque-spotted means having five spots, an accurate description of the cowslip flower.
  • ''Things that love night
    Love not such nights as these.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 2, l. 42-3. Referring to the wild storm in which Lear wanders.
  • ''My comfort is that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, can
    do no more spoil upon my face.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 229-31. Apologizing for his plainness.

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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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