William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He must be taught, and trained, and bid go forth:
    A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds
    On objects, arts, and imitations,
    Which, out of use and staled by other men,
    Begin his fashion.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 1, l. 35-9. On Lepidus, the third member of the triumvirate ruling Rome as one whose attention is taken by curiosities, tricks and copying fashions that are already obsolete.
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  • ''When I did first impart my love to you,
    I freely told you all the wealth I had
    Ran in my veins: I was a gentleman;
    And then I told you true.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bassanio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2, l. 253-6.
  • ''See, see, King Richard doth himself appear,
    As doth the blushing discontented sun
    From out the fiery portal of the east.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bolingbroke, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 3, l. 62-4. Richard appears on the battlements of a castle (or balcony on the stage).
  • ''Let us not break with him,
    For he will never follow anything
    That other men begin.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 150-2. Rejecting the idea of asking Cicero to join the conspiracy against Caesar; "break with" means confide in.
  • ''Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I ha' lost my reputation, I ha' lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 256-8 (1623).
  • ''The old folk, time's doting chronicles.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Clarence, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 4, l. 126. "Doting" implies they are extravagantly fond of recalling the past.
  • ''Now I feed myself
    With most delicious poison.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 5, l. 27. Imagining the absent Antony.
  • ''The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
    Sing all a green willow;
    Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee,
    Sing willow, willow, willow.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Desdemona, in Othello, act 4, sc. 3, l. 40-3. Reworking an old song, Shakespeare changed the sex of the lover to suit Desdemona's sense of being forsaken.
  • ''Grace me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle;
    I am no traitor's uncle, and that word "grace"
    In an ungracious mouth is but profane.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke of York, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 3, l. 87-9. On being greeted as "gracious uncle" by Henry Bolingbroke, who has invaded England.
  • ''Play out the play!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 484. He and Prince Hal are interrupted in their improvised play in which each in turned played King Henry and the Prince.

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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 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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