William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''O, the thorns we stand upon!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Florizel, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 585. To Perdita; a proverbial expression for anxiety about the problems they face.
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  • ''Love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide: in cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond cracked 'twixt son and father.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 2, l. 106-9.
  • ''What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god—the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 304-8 (1604). "And yet to me," Hamlet adds, "what is this quintessence of dust?" The passage was set to music in the 1968 stage show Hair.
  • ''And I have found Demetrius, like a jewel,
    Mine own, and not mine own.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 191-2. She has "found" him by chance or magic, and so, like a jewel found by accident, he may be claimed by someone else.
  • ''Swear me, Kate, like a lady as thou art,
    A good mouth-filling oath.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur to his wife (Lady Percy), in King Henry IV, pt. 1 act 3, sc. 1.
  • ''O that I were a fool!
    I am ambitious for a motley coat.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 42-3. Motley, usually a parti-colored coat, was worn by the professional fool.
  • ''He was but as the cuckoo is in June,
    Heard, not regarded.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 75-6. To the Prince, about Richard II.
  • ''Thou art alone
    (If thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness,
    Thy meekness saintlike, wife-like government,
    Obeying in commanding, and thy parts
    Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee out)
    The queen of earthly queens.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VIII, act 2, sc. 4, l. 137-42. Praising Katherine, the wife he is divorcing; "government" = conduct; her "sovereign parts" are her excellent qualities.
  • ''What must the King do now? Must he submit?
    The King shall do it. Must he be deposed?
    The King shall be contented. Must he lose
    The name of King? a' God's name let it go.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 3, l. 143-6. Anticipating the loss of his throne.
  • ''When the mind's free,
    The body's delicate; this tempest in my mind
    Doth from my senses take all feeling else,
    Save what beats there—filial ingratitude!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 4, l. 11-4.

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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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