William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Then the justice,
    In fair round belly with good capon lined,
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    Full of wise saws and modern instances;
    And so he plays his part.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 153-7. The fifth of the "seven ages" of man, when he is full of wise sayings and trite examples; the capon or cock may be a bribe.
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  • ''A fellow of no mark nor livelihood.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 40-1. On what he would have been had he behaved like Prince Hal; "livelihood" means means of living.
  • ''I can express no kinder sign of love
    Than this kind kiss.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 18-9. Welcoming his French queen to England.
  • ''Thou art all ice. Thy kindness freezes.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard III, act 4, sc. 2.
  • ''Nothing will come of nothing.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 90. Proverbial.
  • ''A very superficial, ignorant, unweighing fellow.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 2, l. 139-40. Abusing the Duke to a Friar (the Duke in disguise); "unweighing" means injudicious.
  • ''To show an unfelt sorrow is an office
    Which the false man does easy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malcolm, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 3, l. 136-7. "Easy" means easily.
  • ''Heaven give you many, many merry days!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mrs. Page, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 5, sc. 5, l. 240. To Fenton on his marriage to Anne Page.
  • ''I will chide no breather in the world but myself, against
    whom I know most faults.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 280-1. Refusing to join Jaques in abusing the world.
  • ''I had been happy, if the general camp,
    Pioneers and all, had tasted her sweet body,
    So I had nothing known.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 350-2 (1623). On Desdemona's imagined infidelity.

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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 Li

Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;

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