William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I am not yet of Percy's mind, the Hotspur of the north, he
    that kills me some six or seven dozen of Scots at a breakfast,
    washes his hands, and says to his wife, "Fie upon this quiet
    life! I want work."''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 101-5. Mocking Hotspur's devotion to fighting.
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  • ''The lady protests too much, methinks.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Gertrude, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 219 (1604). Referring to the Player Queen in the "Mousetrap"Mthe play-within-a-play—who has just sworn never to re-marry if her husband died. "Protests" is used in the sense of "proclaims" rather than "complains."
  • ''My business was great, and in such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 4, l. 49-51. Apologizing for dodging away from Mercutio; his "business" was to make love to Juliet.
  • ''He receives comfort like cold porridge.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sebastian, in The Tempest, act 2, sc. 1, l. 10-11 (1623).
  • ''But thy eternal summer shall not fade.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sonnet 18, "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" (1609).
  • ''My long sickness
    Of health and living now begins to mend,
    And nothing brings me all things.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Timon, in Timon of Athens, act 5, sc. 1, l. 186-8. Foreseeing his death.
  • ''O, when degree is shaked,
    Which is the ladder to all high designs,
    The enterprise is sick.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 3, l. 101-3. By "degree" he means hierarchy, the relative positions of people on a social scale; "enterprise" = social or political project, here the Trojan war.
  • ''Alonzo. What, all so soon asleep! I wish mine eyes
    Would, with themselves, shut up my thoughts. I find
    They are inclined to do so.
    Sebastian. Please you, sir,
    Do not omit the heavy offer of it.
    It seldom visits sorrow; when it doth,
    It is a comforter.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Alonzo and Sebastian, in The Tempest, act 2, sc. 1, l. 191-6. Ariel's music has made them drowsy.
  • ''When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 91-2.
  • ''Would I were with him, wheresoe'er he is, either in heaven
    or in hell!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bardolph, in Henry V, act 2, sc. 3, l. 7-8. On hearing that Falstaff is dead.

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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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