William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''For every man that Bolingbroke hath pressed
    To lift shrewd steel against our golden crown,
    God for his Richard hath in heavenly pay
    A glorious angel. Then if angels fight,
    Weak men must fall; for heaven still guards the right.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 58-62. Trying to comfort himself.
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  • ''Touch me with noble anger,
    And let not women's weapons, water-drops,
    Stain my man's cheeks!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 276-8.
  • ''Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale,
    Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Louis the Dauphin, in King John, act 3, sc. 4.
  • ''Go, bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready,
    She strike upon the bell.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 1, l. 31-2. To a servant.
  • ''Thy tongue
    Makes Welsh as sweet as ditties highly penned,
    Sung by a fair queen in a summer's bower,
    With ravishing division, to her lute.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mortimer, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 205-8. To his wife, whose speech in Welsh he does not understand.
  • ''With his head over his shoulder turned,
    He seemed to find his way without his eyes,
    For out o' doors he went without their help,
    And to the last bended their light on me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ophelia, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 1, l. 94-7. Hamlet has appeared like a ghost or madman to Ophelia.
  • ''She loved me for the dangers I had passed,
    And I loved her that she did pity them.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 1, sc. 3, l. 167-8. Speaking about Desdemona.
  • ''This world is not for aye, nor 'tis not strange
    That even our loves should with our fortunes change.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Player King, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 200-1. On the theme of mutability.
  • ''Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson,
    obscene, greasy tallow-catch.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 226-8. Abusing the notoriously fat Falstaff for his lies; "knotty-pated" means blockheaded; "tallow-catch" means vessel to catch fat drippings.
  • ''The lion dying thrusteth forth his paw
    And wounds the earth, if nothing else, with rage
    To be o'erpowered.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 1, l. 29-31. Urging the woebegone Richard to behave like the lion, the king of beasts.

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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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