William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!
    Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cinna, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 78-9.
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  • ''None but Antony
    Should conquer Antony.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 15, l. 16-17. For her suicide shows the courage to remain in control of oneself.
  • ''The heavens forbid
    But that our loves and comforts should increase
    Even as our days do grow!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Desdemona, in Othello, act 2, sc. 1, l. 193-5.
  • ''Things past redress are now with me past care.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke of York, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 3, l. 171. Rephrasing the proverb, "past cure, past care."
  • ''There's not a shirt and a half in all my company, and the half
    shirt is two napkins tacked together and thrown over the
    shoulders like a herald's coat without sleeves.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 2, l. 42-5. Describing the men he has conscripted to fight the rebels.
  • ''O, the fierce wretchedness that glory brings us!
    Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt,
    Since riches point to misery and contempt?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Flavius, in Timon of Athens, act 4, sc. 2, l. 30-2. Commenting on the fall of Timon, abandoned by his friends.
  • ''We have seen the best of our time. Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 2, l. 112-4.
  • ''Let me not think on't; frailty, thy name is woman.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 146 (1604). In Hamlet's first soliloquy he voices his unhappiness at the haste with which his mother had remarried when she had seemed so devoted to his father and had mourned him "Like Niobe, all tears."
  • ''There is no living, none,
    If Bertram be away. 'Twere all one
    That I should love a bright particular star
    And think to wed it, he is so above me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 1, sc. 1, l. 84-5. Expressing her unrequited adoration for a social superior ("'Twere all one That" means it is as if).
  • ''Come, wilt thou see me ride?
    And when I am a'horseback, I will swear
    I love thee infinitely.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 3, l. 100-2. Joking that he will love his wife only when he leaves her.

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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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