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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii)

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting-
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,-
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

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Sonnet Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?