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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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."
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

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.

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

Sonnet Cviii

What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case

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