William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she;
    She is the hopeful lady of my earth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Capulet, in Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 14-5. On his only daughter, Juliet, the heir to his property ("earth").
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  • ''Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them
    Printing their proud hooves i' the receiving earth;
    For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, prologue, l. 26-8. Calling on the spectators to use their imagination.
  • ''Give me my robe, put on my crown, I have
    Immortal longings in me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 280-1. Preparing for death as a queen.
  • ''I hope to see London once ere I die.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Davy, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 5, sc. 3, l. 60. Davy, a servant, has lived all his life in the country.
  • ''Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure;
    Like doth quit like, and measure still for measure.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke, in Measure for Measure, act 5, sc. 1, l. 410-1. Alluding to Matthew 7: 2, "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you again."
  • ''I must go seek some dewdrops here,
    And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fairy, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 14-5. A charming image of fairies as responsible for scattering dew.
  • ''A great while ago the world begun,
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
    But that's all one, our play is done,
    And we'll strive to please you every day.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 5, sc. 1, l. 405-8. Bringing the play to an end on a slight note of melancholy.
  • ''The heavens were all on fire, the earth did tremble.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Glendower, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 23. Portents, he claims, at his birth.
  • ''Frailty, thy name is woman!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 146. Generalizing from Gertrude, his mother, and her hasty marriage to her dead husband's brother.
  • ''The reasons you allege do more conduce
    To the hot passion of distempered blood
    Than to make up a free determination
    'Twixt right and wrong; for pleasure and revenge
    Have ears more deaf than adders to the voice
    Of any true decision.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hector, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 2, l. 168-73. Criticizing Troilus and Paris for being besotted on Helen.

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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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