William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
    With Ate by his side, come hot from hell,
    Shall in these confines, with a monarch's voice,
    Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 270-3. Ate was the Greek goddess of discord and destruction; the cry "Havoc!" Was the signal to kill and pillage without mercy.
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  • ''Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice. His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them, they are not worth the search.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bassanio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 1, l. 115-8.
  • ''In the very May-morn of his youth,
    Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bishop of Ely, in Henry V, act 1, sc. 2, l. 120. On the newly crowned Henry V...
  • ''When love begins to sicken and decay
    It useth an enforcèd ceremony.
    There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 2, l. 20-2. To Lucilius, who reports that Cassius appears unfriendly.
  • ''Cassio. The divine Desdemona.
    Montano. What is she?
    Cassio. She that I spake of, our great captain's captain.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio and Montano, in Othello, act 2, sc. 1, l. 73-4. Implying that Desdemona now commands Othello.
  • ''Men may construe things after their fashion,
    Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cicero, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 34-5. "Construe" means interpret.
  • ''His face was as the heav'ns, and therein stuck
    A sun and moon, which kept their course, and lighted
    The little O, th' earth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 79-81. The dead Antony becomes godlike in her imaginative recall.
  • ''Unkindness may do much,
    And his unkindness may defeat my life,
    But never taint my love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Desdemona, in Othello, act 4, sc. 2, l. 159-61. On Othello's harsh treatment of her; "defeat" means destroy.
  • ''Comfort's in heaven, and we are on the earth,
    Where nothing lives but crosses, cares, and grief.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke of York, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 2, l. 78-9. He is left alone to try to deal with rebellion.
  • ''Rebellion lay in his way, and he found it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 1, l. 28. On the Earl of Worcester, who says he did not seek rebellion.

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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 Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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