William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • '''Tis the soldier's life
    To have their balmy slumbers waked with strife.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 257-8.
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  • ''There is no tongue that moves, none, none i'the world
    So soon as yours, could win me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polixenes, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 2, l. 20-1. Leontes is pressing him to continue his visit to Sicily.
  • ''What, old acquaintance! could not all this flesh
    Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell!
    I could have better spared a better man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 4, l. 102-4. He finds Falstaff pretending to be dead.
  • ''Man and wife, being two, are one in love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Isabel, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 361.
  • ''Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
    Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
    I must be gone and live, or stay and die.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 5, l. 9-10. The exiled Romeo parts from Juliet after their wedding night.
  • ''He hath ribbons of all the colors i'the rainbow.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Servant, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 204-5. On Autolycus's stock of goods for sale.
  • ''The teeming Autumn big with rich increase,
    Bearing the wanton burden of the prime
    Like widowed wombs after their lords' decease.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sonnet 97.
  • ''Timon hath made his everlasting mansion
    Upon the beached verge of the salt flood,
    Who once a day with his embossed froth
    The turbulent surge shall cover; thither come,
    And let my grave-stone be your oracle.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Timon, in Timon of Athens, act 5, sc. 1, l. 215-19. "Embossed" = foaming; "oracle" = source of wisdom.
  • ''Who can speak broader than he that has no house to put his head in? Such may rail against great buildings.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Varro's 2nd Servant, in Timon of Athens, act 3, sc. 4, l. 63-5. "Broader" = more freely.
  • ''Heigh-ho, sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly,
    Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Amiens, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 180-1. Sung by a follower of the banished rightful Duke Senior.

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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 Li

Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;

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