William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I have neither the scholar's melancholy, which is emulation;
    nor the musician's, which is fantastical; nor the
    courtier's, which is proud; nor the soldier's, which is
    ambitious; nor the lawyer's, which is politic; nor the
    lady's, which is nice; nor the lover's, which is all these.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 1, l. 10-5. Claiming his brand of melancholy is unique to himself.
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  • ''I'll so offend to make offence a skill,
    Redeeming time when men least think I will.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 216-7. Planning to make up for wasted time.
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  • ''But your discretions better can persuade
    Than I am able to instruct or teach,
    And therefore, as we hither came in peace,
    So let us still continue peace and love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 158-9. Henry is trying to preserve peace among the quarrelling factions in England.
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  • ''Of comfort no man speak.
    Let's talk of graves, of worms and epitaphs,
    Make dust our paper, and with rainy eyes
    Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 144-7. In despair realizing all is lost.
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  • ''Get thee glass eyes,
    And, like a scurvy politician, seem
    To see the things thou dost not.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 5.
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  • ''I am a kind of burr; I shall stick.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucio, in Measure for Measure, act 4, sc. 4, l. 179. Determined to stay with the Duke, who wants to shake him off.
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  • ''Shake off this downy sleep, death's counterfeit,
    And look on death itself!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macduff, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 3, l. 76-7. On the death of Duncan; varying the proverb, "sleep is the image of death."
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  • ''We'll leave a proof, by that which we will do,
    Wives may be merry, and yet honest too:''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mrs. Page, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 4, sc. 2, l. 104-5. Plotting to expose Falstaff and remain chaste.
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  • ''What e'er you are
    That in this desert inaccessible,
    Under the shade of melancholy boughs,
    Lose and neglect the creeping hours of time.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 109-12. Meeting Duke Senior's company in the forest of Arden, he sees them as wasting time.
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  • ''O thou weed!
    Who art so lovely fair and smell'st so sweet
    That the sense aches at thee, would thou hadst ne'er been born!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 4, sc. 2, l. 67-9. Thinking Desdemona is false to him.
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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?

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