William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He was my friend, faithful and just to me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 85.
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  • ''Let me choose,
    For as I am, I live upon the rack.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bassanio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2, l. 24-5. Facing the three caskets.
  • ''The caterpillars of the commonwealth,
    Which I have sworn to weed and pluck away.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bolingbroke, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 3, l. 166-7. Describing Richard's favorites.
  • ''My noble friend, chew upon this.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 171. To Cassius; "chew" means ruminate, reflect.
  • ''This did I fear, but thought he had no weapon;
    For he was great of heart.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 361. On Othello killing himself.
  • ''What a fearful night is this!
    There's two or three of us have seen strange sights.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cinna, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 137-8. The stormy night before the murder of Caesar.
  • ''I have nothing
    Of woman in me; now from head to foot
    I am marble-constant.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 237-40. Cleopatra prepares for death.
  • ''Nay, we must think men are not gods,
    Nor of them look for such observancy
    As fits the bridal.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Desdemona, in Othello, act 3, sc. 4, l. 148-50. Excusing Othello's anger with her by saying she cannot expect such attentiveness ("observancy") as at her wedding.
  • ''Had not God, for some strong purpose, steeled
    The hearts of men, they must perforce have melted,
    And barbarism itself have pitied him.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke of York, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 2, l. 34-6. Commenting on the harsh treatment of Richard by the citizens of London.
  • ''You starveling, you eel-skin, you dried neat's tongue, you
    bull's pizzle, you stock-fish!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 244-5. Getting his own back by insulting Hal; "neat's tongue" means ox tongue; "stock-fish" was dried cod.

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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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