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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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."
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

Fear No More

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...

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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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