William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy; his legs are legs for necessity, not for flexure.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3, l. 105-6. "flexure" = bending; elephants were thought to have no joints in their knees. Ulysses refers to Achilles, who will not bend or show courtesy to the other Greek leaders.
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  • ''Amiens. What's that 'ducdame'?
    Jaques. 'Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into
    a circle.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Amiens and Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 5, l. 58-60. Jaques is mocking his friends with this meaningless nonsense.
  • ''But Brutus says he was ambitious,
    And Brutus is an honorable man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 86-7. Speaking to the people after the death of Caesar.
  • ''I like not fair terms and a villain's mind.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bassanio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 179. On Shylock's offer to lend Antonio 3000 ducats.
  • ''These earthly godfathers of Heaven's lights,
    That give a name to every fixed star,
    Have no more profit of their shining nights
    Than those that walk and wot not what they are.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Biron, in Love's Labour's Lost, act 1, sc. 1.
  • ''My heart doth joy that yet in all my life
    I found no man but he was true to me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 5, l. 34-5.
  • ''There was more foolery yet, if I could remember it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Casca, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 287. Reporting to Cassius what happened when Caesar addressed the people of Rome.
  • ''O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
    The brightest heaven of invention!
    A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
    And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, prologue, l. 1-4. "Invention" means poetic imagination.
  • ''These hands do lack nobility that they strike
    A meaner than myself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 5, l. 82-3. On losing dignity in striking the messenger who brings bad news.
  • ''I do perceive here a divided duty.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Desdemona, in Othello, act 1, sc. 3, l. 181. To her father, Brabantio, and her husband, Othello.

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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 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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