William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Jaques. What stature is she of?
    Orlando. Just as high as my heart.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques and Orlando, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 268-9. A lover's answer to a pointless question.
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  • ''Sir, 'tis my occupation to be plain:
    I have seen better faces in my time
    Than stands on any shoulder that I see
    Before me at this instant.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Kent, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 2, l. 92-5. Addressing his superior, the Duke of Cornwall.
  • ''You ever
    Have wished the sleeping of this business, never desired
    It to be stirred, but oft have hindered, oft
    The passages made toward it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VIII, act 2, sc. 4, l. 163-6. The "business" is the divorce proceeding against Katherine of Aragon.
  • ''Give me that glass, and therein will I read.
    No deeper wrinkles yet? Hath sorrow struck
    So many blows upon this face of mine
    And made no deeper wounds?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 4, sc. 1, l. 276-9. Looking at himself in a mirror.
  • ''I am ashamed
    That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus,
    That these hot tears, which break from me perforce,
    Should make thee worth them.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 296-9.
  • ''When you do find him, or alive or dead,
    He will be found like Brutus, like himself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucilius, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 4, l. 24-5. To Antony, searching for Brutus now he and Octavius have won the battle of Philippi.
  • ''Macduff. What three things does drink especially provoke?
    Porter. Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes: it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macduff and Porter, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 3, l. 26-30. "Marry" means by the Virgin Mary (an oath); "nose-painting" means red noses.
  • ''I am too old to fawn upon a nurse,
    Too far in years to be a pupil now.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mowbray, in Richard II, act 1, sc. 3, l. 170-1. Banished, he feels too old to learn a new language and way of life.
  • ''Or I shall live your epitaph to make,
    Or you survive when I in earth am rotten;
    From hence your memory death cannot take,
    Although in me each part will be forgotten.
    Your name from hence immortal life shall have,
    Though I, once gone, to all the world must die:''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Or I shall live your epitaph to make (l. 1-6). OBSC. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''My wife, my wife! what wife? I have no wife.
    O insupportable! O heavy hour!
    Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse
    Of sun and moon, and that th' affrighted globe
    Should yawn at alteration.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 97-100. T hat the earth ("globe") should gape wide ("yawn") at the change brought by Desdemona's death suggests an earthquake.

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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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