William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Two lads that thought there was no more behind
    But such a day tomorrow as today,
    And to be boy eternal.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polixenes, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 2, l. 63-5. Recalling his boyhood with Leontes.
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  • ''I will redeem all this on Percy's head,
    And in the closing of some glorious day,
    Be bold to tell you that I am your son.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 138-41. To his father, boasting that he will defeat the renowned Hotspur.
  • ''Sir, I desire you do me right and justice,
    And to bestow your pity on me; for
    I am a most poor woman, and a stranger,
    Born out of your dominions.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Katherine, in Henry VIII, act 2, sc. 4, l. 13-16. At the divorce proceedings, she appeals to her husband, Henry VIII.
  • ''Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 186. Meaning his unrequited love for Rosaline.
  • ''Thou torturest me, Tubal. It was my turquoise; I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor. I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 1, l. 120-3. On hearing that his daughter Jessica has traded his jewel for a monkey; he refers to his dead wife, Leah.
  • ''Exit, pursued by a bear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Stage direction, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 3, l. 57 (1623). This most famous of all stage directions, referring to the sudden exit of Antigonus, has led some critics to ask whether the bear was real, introduced as a theatrical coup. Most stage directions in Shakespeare's plays were additions by later editors.
  • ''Gold? Yellow, glittering, precious gold?
    ...
    This yellow slave
    Will knit and break religions, bless th' accursed,
    Make the hoar leprosy adored, place thieves,
    And give them title, knee and approbation
    With senators on the bench.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Timon, in Timon of Athens, act 4, sc. 3, l. 26, 34-8. digging for roots to eat, Timon finds buried gold; "place" = place in office. The idea of a leper as white (hoary) may be derived from 1 Kings 5:27, "a leper white as snow."
  • ''Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Vernon, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 103. Prince Hal and his companions, ready for war against the rebels "wanton" means merry, frolicsome.
  • ''I know a trick worth two of that.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 1st Carrier, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 1, l. 36-7. Varying a proverb; meaning I'm too clever to be taken in by your trick.
  • ''The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Angelo, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2, l. 90. Reminding Isabella that the laws have existed even though they have not been enforced for some time.

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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 Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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