William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Sound all the lofty instruments of war,
    And by that music let us all embrace,
    For, heaven to earth, some of us never shall
    A second time do such a courtesy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 2, l. 97-100.
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  • ''Jaques. The worst fault you have is to be in love.
    Orlando. 'Tis a fault I will not change for your best
    virtue.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques and Orlando, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 282-4.
  • ''Thus Kent, O princes, bids you all adieu;
    He'll shape his old course in a country new.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 186-7.
  • '''Tis a kind of good deed to say well,
    And yet words are no deeds.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VIII, act 3, sc. 2, l. 153-4. On discovering the gap between Wolsey's words and his actions.
  • ''Throw away respect,
    Tradition, form, and ceremonious duty,
    For you have but mistook me all this while.
    I live with bread like you, feel want,
    Taste grief, need friends.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 172-6. Acknowledging his common humanity.
  • ''Does any here know me? This is not Lear.
    Does Lear walk thus? speak thus? Where are his eyes?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 226-7.
  • ''And may it be that you have quite forgot
    A husband's office? Shall, Antipholus,
    Even in the spring of love, thy love-springs rot?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Luciana, in The Comedy of Errors, act 3, sc. 2, l. 1-3. Luciana thinks she is talking to her sister's husband, when it is actually his twin brother.
  • ''Banquo, thy soul's flight,
    If it find heaven, must find it out tonight.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 1, l. 140-1. Having arranged the murder of Banquo.
  • ''Truth hath a quiet breast.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mowbray, in Richard II, act 1, sc. 3, l. 96. Protesting his loyalty as he is about to fight Henry Bolingbroke.
  • ''O what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ophelia, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 153 (1604). Referring to Hamlet's bizarre behavior, part of his "antic disposition."

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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 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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