William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''In the way of bargain, mark ye me,
    I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 137-8. Debating the partition of the country.
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  • ''As dead as a doornail.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jack Cade, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 4, sc. 10, l. 40-1. Shakespeare may have established this phrase as proverbial.
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  • ''O, let him pass. He hates him
    That would upon the rack of this tough world
    Stretch him out longer.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 3, l. 289-91 (1623). On Lear's death.
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  • ''If thou canst love a fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face is not worth sunburning, that never looks in his glass for love of anything he sees there, let thine eye be thy cook.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 146-8. Henry presents himself as a plain soldier in making love to Katherine; her eye will have to dress him up to find beauty, as a cook embellishes food.
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  • ''I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 5, l. 49. playing on "waste" as meaning 1. squander and 2. Wear away and destroy.
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  • ''Down, thou climbing sorrow,
    Thy element's below.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 57-8. Afraid his heart will burst; "element" means proper place.
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  • ''There's nothing in this world can make me joy.
    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, l. 107-9 (1623).
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  • ''Come what come may,
    Time and the hour run through the roughest day.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 3, l. 146-7. Recalling the proverb, "time and tide stay for no man."
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  • ''Moth. How many is one, thrice told?
    Armado. I am ill at reckoning; it fitteth the spirit of a tapster.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Moth and Armado, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 1, sc. 2, l. 39-41. "Tapster" = barman.
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  • ''He raised a sigh so piteous and profound
    That it did seem to shatter all his bulk
    And end his being.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ophelia, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 1, l. 91-3. Describing Hamlet's behavior to Polonius; "bulk" means body.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Fear No More

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...

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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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