William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Cinna. I am not Cinna the conspirator.
    Fourth Plebian. It is no matter, his name's Cinna! Pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him going.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cinna the Poet and Fourth Plebian, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 3, l. 32-4. Cinna the poet has the misfortune to have the same name as a conspirator against Caesar.
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  • ''To imagine
    An Antony were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
    Condemning shadows quite.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 98-100. Claiming her dream of Antony as superman is nature's masterpiece, more valid than the "shadows" created by fancy, which have no substance.
  • ''I am not merry; but I do beguile
    The thing I am by seeming otherwise.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Desdemona, in Othello, act 2, sc. 1, l. 122-3.
  • ''As in a theatre the eyes of men,
    After a well-graced actor leaves the stage,
    Are idly bent on him that enters next,
    Thinking his prattle to be tedious,
    Even so, or with much more contempt, men's eyes
    Did scowl on gentle Richard.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke of York, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 2, l. 23-8. Commenting on the disrespect shown to Richard by the people of London.
  • ''There's no more valor in that Poins than in a wild duck.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 2, l. 101. After a robbery, from which Poins was absent by design.
  • ''Let's shake our heads and say,
    As 'twere a knell unto our master's fortunes,
    We have seen better days.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Flavius, in Timon of Athens, act 4, sc. 2, l. 27. To Timon's servants as they depart from his house.
  • ''As flies to wanton boys, are we to th' gods;
    They kill us for their sport.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 1, l. 37-8 (1623).
  • ''Our indiscretion sometime serves us well
    When our deep plots do pall, and that should learn us
    There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
    Rough-hew them how we will.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 8-11. Acting rashly has saved his life, by revealing Claudius's plot to have Hamlet executed in England; "learn" means teach.
  • ''For, ere Demetrius looked on Hermia's eyne,
    He hailed down oaths that he was only mine,
    And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
    So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 242-5. "Eyne" means eyes.
  • ''Swear me, Kate, like a lady as thou art,
    A good mouth-filling oath.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV pt. 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 249-50 (1598). Speaking to his wife (Lady Percy).

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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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