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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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."
  • ''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.
  • ''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

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 Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

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