William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''That strain again, it had a dying fall;
    O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound
    That breathes upon a bank of violets,
    Stealing and giving odor. Enough, no more,
    'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 1, l. 4-8. Listening to music; "strain" means melody.
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  • ''A young man married is a man that's marred.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Parolles, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 2, sc. 3, l. 298. Proverbial.
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  • ''If circumstances lead me, I will find
    Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed
    Within the centre.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 157-9. Boasting of his political skills.
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  • ''Like bright metal on a sullen ground,
    My reformation, glitt'ring o'er my fault,
    Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
    Than that which hath no foil to set it off.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 212-5. Hal plans to humor his companions for a while, joining in their dissolute life, in order to cast them off later; "sullen ground" means dark background.
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  • ''We do not come, as minding to content you,
    Our true intent is. All for your delight
    We are not here.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Quince, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1, l. 113-5. He wrecks the sense of his prologue by confusing the punctuation.
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  • ''No sooner met but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they sighed; no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason; no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage, which they will climb incontinent, or else be incontinent before marriage.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, disguised as Ganymede, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 2. Referring to Oliver and Celia.
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  • ''If I can catch him once upon the hip,
    I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 46-7. To "have one on the hip," or capable of being overthrown, is a proverbial phrase, from wrestling.
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  • ''I will not let him stir
    Till I have used the approvèd means I have,
    With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers,
    To make of him a formal man again.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The Abbess, in The Comedy of Errors, act 5, sc. 1, l. 102-5. About Antipholus of Ephesus, who is supposedly mad; formal means sane.
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  • ''When heaven doth weep, doth not the earth o'erflow?
    If the winds rage, doth not the sea wax mad,
    Threatening the welkin with his big-swollen face?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 3, sc. 1, l. 221-3. Titus is raging at the barbarous mutilation of his daughter.
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  • ''Humble as the ripest mulberry
    That will not hold the handling.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Volumnia, in Coriolanus, act 3, sc. 2, l. 79-80. Advising Coriolanus how to appear to the people.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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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;