William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Love is too young to know what conscience is,
    Yet who knows not conscience is born of love?
    Then, gentle cheater, urge not my amiss,
    Lest guilty of my faults, thy sweet self prove.
    For, thou betraying me, I do betray
    My nobler part to my gross body's treason;
    My soul doth tell my body that he may
    Triumph in love: flesh stays no farther reason,
    But rising at thy name doth point out thee
    As his triumphant prize. Proud of this pride,
    He is contented thy poor drudge to be,
    To stand in thy affairs, fall by thy side.
    No want of conscience hold it that I call
    Her "love" for whose dear love I rise and fall.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Love is too young to know what conscience is (l. 1-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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  • ''Away, and mock the time with fairest show;
    False face must hide what the false heart doth know.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7, l. 81-2. Recalling the proverb, "false face, foul heart."
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  • ''They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Moth, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 5, sc. 1, l. 36-7. Moth is looking at Armado, Holofernes, and Nathaniel, all lovers of wordiness.
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  • ''I, of ladies most deject and wretched,
    That sucked the honey of his music vows,
    Now see that noble and most sovereign reason
    Like sweet bells jangled out of tune and harsh.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ophelia, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 155-8. On Hamlet's supposed madness.
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  • ''O curse of marriage,
    That we can call these delicate creatures ours
    And not their appetites!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 268-70. Thinking of Desdemona.
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  • ''Love and be friends, as two such men should be.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Poet, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 131. To the quarreling Brutus and Cassius.
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  • ''Think not, Percy,
    To share with me in glory any more.
    Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 4, l. 65. The last line means two stars cannot share the same orbit.
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  • ''I will despair, and be at enmity
    With cozening hope.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 2, l. 68-9. On learning that Henry Bolingbroke makes war against Richard; "cozening" means deceiving.
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  • ''With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls,
    For stony limits cannot hold love out,
    And what love can do, that dares love attempt.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 66-8. He has climbed the walls into Capulet's garden in order to watch beneath Juliet's window.
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  • ''There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Second Officer, in Coriolanus, act 2, sc. 2.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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Sonnet Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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