William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Nothing almost sees miracles
    But misery.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 2, l. 165-6. Those in misery are almost the only people who see miracles (when anything happens to bring relief).
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  • ''Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
    Or close the wall up with our English dead.
    In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
    As modest stillness and humility,
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger.
    Stiffen the sinews, conjure up the blood,
    Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 1, l. 1-8 (1600). Henry's address to his troops at the siege of Harfleur.
  • ''He is come to open
    The purple testament of bleeding war.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 3, l. 93-4. On Henry Bolingbroke; blood was often described as purple.
  • ''Where the greater malady is fixed,
    The lesser is scarce felt.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 4, l. 8-9.
  • ''Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lorenzo, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 4, l. 41. Saying farewell to Portia as she sets off for Venice.
  • ''Withered murder,
    Alarumed by his sentinel, the wolf,
    Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace,
    With Tarquin's ravishing strides, towards his design
    Moves like a ghost.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 1, l. 52-6. The murderer is imagined as roused to action by the howling of the wolf, and moving like Tarquin, who raped Lucretia, the wife of Collatinus, in ancient Rome.
  • ''I understand thy kisses, and thou mine,
    And that's a feeling disputation.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mortimer, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 202-3. An Englishman speaking to his Welsh wife; they do not speak each other's languages; "feeling disputation" means exchange of feelings.
  • ''O what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ophelia, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1.
  • ''Be sure of it. Give me the ocular proof.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 360. To Iago, demanding to see Desdemona and Cassio making love.
  • ''Why then, the world's mine oyster,
    Which I with sword will open.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pistol, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 2, sc. 2, l. 3-4. On failing to persuade Falstaff to lend him money; "the world's my oyster" was proverbial, meaning I'll find wealth somehow.

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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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