William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Alas, poor shepherd, searching of thy wound,
    I have by hard adventure found mine own.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 4, l. 44-5. Examining (searching) Silvius's wound of love, Rosalind recognizes her own complaint.
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  • ''What judgment shall I dread, doing no wrong?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 89. Going by the letter of the law.
  • ''That smooth-faced gentleman, tickling commodity;
    Commodity, the bias of the world.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The bastard, in King John, act 2, sc. 1, l. 574-75 (1623).
  • ''The hunt is up, the morn is bright and grey,
    The fields are fragrant and the woods are green.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 2, sc. 2, l. 1-2.
  • ''I sprang not more in joy at first hearing he was a man-child
    than now in first seeing he had proved himself a man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Volumnia, in Coriolanus, act 1, sc. 3, l. 15-7. Rejoicing that her son, Caius Marcius, is a warrior.
  • ''What shall he have that killed the deer?
    His leather skin and horns to wear.
    Then sing him home.
    Take thou no scorn to wear the horn,
    It was a crest ere thou wast born;
    Thy father's father wore it,
    And thy father bore it.
    The horn, the horn, the lusty horn
    Is not a thing to laugh to scorn.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 2nd Lord, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 2, l. 10-8. A hunting song; also an elaborate play on the horns of a cuckold, a husband whose wife is unfaithful.
  • ''I will go lose myself,
    And wander up and down to view the city.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antipholus of Syracuse, in The Comedy of Errors, act 1, sc. 2, l. 30-1. Arriving in Ephesus.
  • ''Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 105-7. Perhaps shedding, or faking, a tear in his effort to sway the people.
  • ''O God, that I were a man! I would eat his heart in the market-place.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1, l. 306-7. Angry with Claudio for abandoning Hero.
  • ''The ousel cock so black of hue,
    With orange-tawny bill,
    The throstle with his note so true,
    The wren with little quill.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 1, l. 125-8. Singing to cheer himself up; the "ousel cock" is the blackbird; the wren has only a small pipe ("little quill") or thin song.

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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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