William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Greatness knows itself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 3, l. 74. Implying that great men take power for granted.
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  • ''The flame o' th' taper
    Bows toward her, and would under-peep her lids,
    To see th' enclosed lights, now canopied
    Under these windows, white and azure laced
    With blue of heaven's own tinct.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jachimo, in Cymbeline, act 2, sc. 2, l. 19-23. Looking at Imogen asleep.
  • ''Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow
    Upon the foul disease.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 163-4. Kent himself is the "physician" trying to cure Lear of madness.
  • ''In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
    As modest stillness and humility.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 1, l. 3-4.
  • ''Pride must have a fall.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 5, l. 88. Proverbial.
  • ''Mend when thou canst, be better at thy leisure.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 229. Speaking to his daughter Goneril; "mend" means improve.
  • ''Who comes so fast in silence of the night?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lorenzo, in The Merchant of Venice, act 5, sc. 1, l. 25. Hearing the sound of a messenger.
  • ''I have lived long enough: my way of life
    Is fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf;
    And that which should accompany old age,
    As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends,
    I must not look to have.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 3, l. 22-6. "Sere" means dry and withered; "As honor" means such as honor.
  • ''Advantage is a better soldier than rashness.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Montjoy, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 6, l. 120. Better to wait for a favorable opportunity than act rashly in war; so the French king makes the best of losing Harfleur to the English.
  • ''How should I your true-love know
    From another one?
    By his cockle hat and staff,
    And his sandal shoon.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ophelia, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 5, l. 23-6. Singing old songs in her madness after her father's death; "cockle hat" means hat bearing a cockle-shell, the sign, with the sandals, of a pilgrim; "shoon" means shoes.

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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 Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

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