William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''For 'tis the sport to have the engineer
    Hoised with his own petard.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 4, l. 190-1 (1604). Referring to the untrustworthiness of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. (These lines do not appear in the 1623 Folio edition.) A "petard" was an explosive device used by engineers of the time, and thus the expression has passed into common usage to mean "caught in one's own trap."
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  • ''Is your blood
    So madly hot that no discourse of reason,
    Nor fear of bad success in a bad cause,
    Can qualify the same?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hector, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 2, l. 115-18. Questioning the passion his young brother, Troilus, has for keeping Helen.
  • ''Whither I go, thither shall you go too;
    Today will I set forth, tomorrow you.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 3, l. 115-6. Leaving his wife, without telling her that he is going to lead a rebellion against the king.
  • ''Whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the King, his crown, and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jack Cade, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 4, sc. 7, l. 34-7. A peasant accusing Lord Saye of treason.
  • ''Since I was man,
    Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder,
    Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never
    Remember to have heard. Man's nature cannot carry
    Th'affliction nor the fear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 2, l. 45-9. Describing the storm as more than human nature can bear ("carry").
  • ''If little faults, proceeding on distemper,
    Shall not be winked at, how shall we stretch our eye
    When capital crimes, chewed, swallowed, and digested,
    Appear before us?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 2, sc. 2, l. 54-7. Forgiving the fault of a man who abused him as caused by drunkenness ("proceeding on distemper").
  • ''I am sworn brother, sweet,
    To grim Necessity, and he and I
    Will keep a league till death.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 1, l. 20-2. As he is being taken to prison, he meets his Queen.
  • ''What was thy cause?
    Adultery?
    Thou shalt not die. Die for adultery? No,
    The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly
    Does lecher in my sight.
    Let copulation thrive.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 109-14. Addressing Gloucester, who fathered the bastard Edmund.
  • ''How every fool can play upon the word!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lorenzo, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 5, l. 43. On Launcelot Gobbo.
  • ''Stars, hide your fires;
    Let not light see my black and deep desires!
    The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be
    Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 4, l. 50-1. Contemplating murder; "wink at" means overlook, or connive at what the hand does.

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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 Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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