William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He that dies pays all debts.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Stefano, in The Tempest, act 3, sc. 2, l. 134 (1623).
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  • ''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 gilded honour shamefully misplac'd,
    And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
    And right perfection wrongfully disgrac'd,
    And strength by limping sway disabled,
    And art made tongue-tied by authority,
    And folly, doctor-like, controlling skill,
    And simple truth miscall'd simplicity,
    And captive good attending captain ill:
    Tir'd with all these, from these would I be gone,
    Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Tired with all these, for restful death I cry (l. 1-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''I pluck this pale and maiden blossom here.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Vernon, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 47. Plucking a white rose, the badge of the faction of York.
  • ''He's a very dog to the commonalty.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 1st Citizen, in Coriolanus, act 1, sc. 1, l. 28-9. Referring to Caius Marcius, later named Coriolanus, one of the patricians against whom the citizens have begun an uprising; "commonalty" means state or commonwealth.
  • ''This will last out a night in Russia
    When nights are longest there.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Angelo, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 1, l. 134-5. Bored with the interrogation of the bawd Pompey Bum.
  • ''You all did love him once, not without cause;
    What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 102-3. Speaking to the people about Caesar.
  • ''Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bassanio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 2, l. 181. On the boisterous Gratiano.
  • ''Eating the bitter bread of banishment.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bolingbroke, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 1, l. 21.
  • ''Friends, I owe more tears
    To this dead man than you shall see me pay.
    I shall find time, Cassius, I shall find time.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 3, l. 101-3.
  • ''I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking. I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 33-6.

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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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