William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I say there is no darkness but ignorance.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 4, sc. 2, l. 42-3. Pretending to be a priest, Sir Topas, he preaches to the imprisoned Malvolio.
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  • ''All the courses of my life do show
    I am not in the roll of common men.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Glendower, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 41-2. Boasting of his greatness.
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  • ''The rest is silence.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 358. Hamlet's last words.
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  • ''There is a law in each well-ordered nation
    To curb those raging appetites that are
    Most disobedient and refractory.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hector, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 2, l. 180-2. "Refractory" = wilful, stubborn.
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  • ''By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap
    To pluck bright honor from the pale-faced moon,
    Or dive into the bottom of the deep,
    Where fathom-line could never touch the ground,
    And pluck up drowned honor by the locks.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 3, l. 201-5. For Hotspur, "honor" means fame or glory gained in battle; "locks" means hair.
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  • ''Was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro as this multitude?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jack Cade, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 4, sc. 8, l. 55-6.
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  • ''Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 2, l. 64.
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  • ''Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 1, l. 1. Henry's famous battle cry at the gap or breach in the walls of Harfleur.
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  • ''Is not the king's name twenty thousand names?
    Arm, arm, my name! A puny subject strikes
    At thy great glory.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 85-7. Having no soldiers, he tries to cheer himself up.
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  • ''Of all these bounds, even from this line to this,
    With shadowy forests and with champains riched,
    With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads,
    We make thee lady.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 63-6. Giving his daughter Goneril a third of the kingdom; "champains" means open country; "meads" means meadows.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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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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