William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''O sun,
    Burn the great sphere thou mov'st in! darkling stand
    The varying shore o' th' world!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 15, l. 9-11. Calling for universal darkness to mark the death of Antony.
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  • ''She is a woman, therefore may be wooed;
    She is a woman, therefore may be won.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Demetrius, in Titus Andronicus, act 2, sc. 1, l. 82-3. Proposing to woo Lavinia, Titus's daughter.
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  • ''To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
    Is the next way to draw new mischief on.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke, in Othello, act 1, sc. 3, l. 204-5. "Mischief" means misfortune or calamity.
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  • ''That he is old, the more the pity, his white hairs do witness it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 467-8. Inviting sympathy because of old age.
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  • ''Journeys end in lovers meeting.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste's song, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 3. To Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
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  • ''Gloucester. I hope they will not come upon us now.
    King Henry. We are in God's hands, brother, not in theirs.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester and King Henry, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 6, l. 168-9. Henry soothes Gloucester's anxiety that the French might attack.
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  • ''There is something in this more than natural, if philosophy
    could find it out.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 367-8. Commenting on his uncle's popularity as king with the people who previously decried him.
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  • ''Value dwells not in particular will;
    It holds his estimate and dignity
    As well wherein 'tis precious of itself
    As in the prizer.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hector, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 2, l. 53-7. Arguing that value depends on intrinsic worth, not on the particular preference of any individual; the debate is about keeping Helen or returning her to the Greeks.
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  • ''But thoughts, the slaves of life, and life, time's fool,
    And time, that takes survey of all the world,
    Must have a stop.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 4, l. 81-3. Spoken as he dies, killed in battle by Prince Hal; thought is dependent on life, and life on time.
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  • ''Jaques. Have you a song, forester, for this purpose?
    2nd Lord. Yes, sir.
    Jaques. Sing it. 'Tis no matter how it be in tune, so it
    make noise enough.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques and 2nd Lord, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 2, l. 5-9. The song is to celebrate the killing of a deer.
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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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