William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I had as lief have been myself alone.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 254. Preferring to be left alone.
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  • ''By being seldom seen, I could not stir
    But like a comet I was wondered at.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 46-7. Describing his own youthful renown to his son.
  • ''The fairest hand I ever touched: O beauty,
    Till now I never knew thee.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VIII, act 1, sc. 4, l. 75-6. On meeting Anne Boleyn.
  • ''As a long-parted mother with her child
    Plays fondly with her tears and smiles in meeting,
    So weeping, smiling, greet I thee, my earth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 8-10. Returning from Ireland, he greets the soil of England.
  • ''She's gone for ever.
    I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
    She's dead as earth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 5, sc. 3, l. 260-2. Looking at his dead or dying daughter Cordelia.
  • ''Our doubts are traitors,
    And makes us lose the good we oft might win,
    By fearing to attempt.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucio, in Measure for Measure, act 1, sc. 4, l. 77-9. Urging Isabella to plead for her brother with Angelo.
  • ''Macduff was from his mother's womb
    Untimely ripped.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macduff, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 10, l. 15-16 (1623). Macduff explains that he was born by Caesarean Section, showing Macbeth his delusion in invoking the witches' promise: "I bear a charmed life, which must not yield/To one of woman born."
  • ''I am disgraced, impeached, and baffled here,
    Pierced to the soul with slander's venomed spear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mowbray, in Richard II, act 1, sc. 1, l. 170-1. He has been accused of being a traitor; "baffled" means publicly denounced.
  • ''Let your fair eyes and gentle wishes go with me to my
    trial.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 2, l. 185-7. Addressing Rosalind and Celia, before he wrestles with Charles.
  • ''By heaven, he echoes me,
    As if there were some monster in his thought
    Too hideous to be shown.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 106-8. Iago echoes the suspicion already forming in Othello's thought.

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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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