William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''My books and instruments shall be my company,
    On them to look and practise by myself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bianca, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 1, sc. 1, l. 82-3. To her father Baptista, submitting (for the moment) to his wishes.
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  • ''Night hangs upon mine eyes; my bones would rest,
    That have but labored to attain this hour.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 5, l. 41-2. Anticipating his death.
  • ''Every bondman in his own hand bears
    The power to cancel his captivity.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Casca, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 101-2. The ultimate way out of slavery, by suicide.
  • ''In the quick forge and working-house of thought.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, act 5, prologue, l. 23. A fine image of the working of the imagination.
  • ''Give me to drink mandragora.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 5, l. 4. An opiate Cleopatra desires to pass the time while Antony is away.
  • ''If I be left behind,
    A moth of peace, and he go to the war,
    The rites for which I love him are bereft me,
    And I a heavy interim shall support
    By his dear absence. Let me go with him.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Desdemona, in Othello, act 1, sc. 3, l. 255-9. Asking the Venetian senate to be allowed to accompany her husband to Cyprus.
  • ''How shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering none?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 88. To Shylock, who has refused an offer of twice what he has lent Antonio.
  • ''There is nothing but roguery to be found in villainous man,
    yet a coward is worse than a cup of sack with lime in it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 124-7. On being deserted by his friends; lime was sometimes added to poor wine to add sparkle; "sack" means dry white wine.
  • ''When shall we three meet again?
    In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
    When the hurly-burly's done,
    When the battle's lost and won.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. First and Second Witches, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 1, l. 1-4 (1623). Opening lines of play.
  • ''Gloucester. O, let me kiss that hand!
    Lear. Let me wipe it first, it smells of mortality.
    Gloucester. O ruined piece of nature! This great world
    Shall so wear out to nought.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester and Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 132-5. "Piece" means masterpiece, i.e., the old king is now mad and senile.

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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 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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