William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Little of this great world can I speak
    More than pertains to feats of broils and battle,
    And therefore little shall I grace my cause
    In speaking for myself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 1, sc. 3, l. 86-9. "Broils" means quarrels or fights.
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  • ''The great man down, you mark his favorite flies,
    The poor advanced makes friends of enemies.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Player King, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 7, l. 141-6.
  • ''Falstaff sweats to death,
    And lards the lean earth as he walks along.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 2, l. 108-9. "Lards" means covers in grease.
  • ''What sport shall we devise here in this garden
    To drive away the heavy thought of care?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 4, l. 1-2. Speaking to the women who attend on her.
  • ''It is my lady, O, it is my love.
    O that she knew she were!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 10-1. Seeing Juliet at her window.
  • ''I can no other answer make but thanks,
    And thanks.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sebastian, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 3, l. 14-5. Thanking his friend Antonio.
  • ''For precious friends hid in death's dateless night.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. "Sonnet 30."
  • ''I weigh my friend's affection with mine own.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Timon, in Timon of Athens, act 1, sc. 2, l. 216. Assuming his friends are like himself.
  • ''Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back,
    Wherein he puts alms for oblivion,
    A great-sized monster of ingratitudes:
    Those scraps are good deeds past, which are devoured
    As fast as they are made, forgot as soon
    As done.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 3, l. 145-50. Trying to persuade the idle Achilles to fight again for the Greeks; Time was often personified as an old man.
  • ''Now the hungry lion roars,
    And the wolf behowls the moon;
    Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,
    All with weary task fordone.
    Now the wasted brands do glow,
    Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud,
    Puts the wretch that lies in woe
    In remembrance of a shroud.
    Now it is the time of night,
    That the graves, all gaping wide,
    Every one lets forth his sprite,
    In the church-way paths to glide:''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. A Midsummer Night's Dream (V, i). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.

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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 Li

Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;

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