William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mowbray, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 1, l. 186. A rebel hopes to negotiate peace with the King.
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  • ''The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
    Th'observed of all observers.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ophelia, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 153-4. Seeing Hamlet as a mirror (glass) by which fashion is measured, and a pattern (mould) of the perfect courtier.
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  • ''She's gone. I am abused, and my relief
    Must be to loathe her.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3.
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  • ''O that this blossom could be kept from cankers!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Poins, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 2, l. 94-5. Referring to Falstaff's boy; cankers means corruption, from canker-worms that eat into blossoms.
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  • ''I did not think thee lord of such a spirit.
    Before, I loved thee as a brother, John,
    But now I do respect thee as my soul.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 4, l. 18-20. Praising his brother's courage.
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  • ''Haply a woman's voice may do some good
    When articles too nicely urged be stood on.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Isabel, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 93-4. "Haply" means perhaps; she hopes to mediate if too much fuss is made about details of an agreement ("stood on" means insisted on).
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  • ''Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 186. To Juliet as she goes in from her window.
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  • ''We have here recovered the most dangerous piece of lechery that ever was known in the commonwealth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Second Watchman, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 3, l. 167-8. The comic watchman means to say "discovered" and "treachery."
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  • ''Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sonnet 68.
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  • ''There's none
    Can truly say he gives if he receives.
    If our betters play at that game, we must not dare
    To imitate them; faults that are rich are fair.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Timon, in Timon of Athens, act 1, sc. 2, l. 10-13. The "fault" is to expect something in return for a gift.
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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 Cviii

What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case

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