William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He promised to meet me two hours since, and he was ever precise in promise-keeping.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucio, in Measure for Measure, act 1, sc. 2, l. 75-6. To a gentleman, remarking on Claudio's failure to keep an appointment.
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  • ''Malcolm. Dispute it like a man.
    Macduff. I shall do so;
    But I must also feel it as a man.
    I cannot but remember such things were
    That were most precious to me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malcolm and Macduff, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 3, l. 220-3. "Dispute it" means struggle against your grief.
  • ''You love sack, and so do I; would you desire better sympathy?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mrs. Page, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 2, sc. 1, l. 8-10. Falstaff's way of making love to Mistress Page.
  • ''If ever you have looked on better days.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 113. Asking to be pitied.
  • ''He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen,
    Let him not know't, and he's not robbed at all.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 342-3. "Wanting" means missing; the idea became proverbial.
  • ''Polonius. My lord, I will take my leave of you.
    Hamlet. You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will not more willingly part withal—except my life, except my life, except my life.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius and Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 213-16. Hamlet affects madness, but his melancholy and death-wish are genuine.
  • ''I would I could
    Quit all offences with as clear excuse
    As well as I am doubtless I can purge
    Myself of many I am charged withal.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 18-21. Apologizing to his father, King Henry; "quit" means be clear of.
  • ''They should be good men, their affairs as righteous,
    But all hoods make not monks.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Katherine, in Henry VIII, act 3, sc. 1, l. 23. Referring to the two Cardinals, Wolsey and Campeius; it was proverbial that a monk's hood does not guarantee holiness.
  • ''Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 47. On Juliet; "dear" means precious.
  • ''Some men there are love not a gaping pig,
    Some that are mad if they behold a cat,
    And others when the bag-pipe sings i'th nose
    Cannot contain their urine.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act. 4, sc. 1 (c. 1597).

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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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