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.
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  • ''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.
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  • '''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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Sonnet Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?