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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

Fear No More

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...

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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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