William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''O, now you weep, and I perceive you feel
    The dint of pity.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 193-4. He has succeeded in making the people pity Caesar.
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  • ''When this ring
    Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bassanio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2, l. 183-4. On the ring Portia has just given him.
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  • ''Evermore thanks, the exchequer of the poor.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bolingbroke, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 3, l. 65. Having no other reward to give; "exchequer" means treasury, purse.
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  • ''I know not how,
    But I do find it cowardly and vile,
    For fear of what might fall, so to prevent
    The time of life—arming myself with patience
    To stay the providence of some high powers
    That govern us below.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 1, l. 102-7. Anticipating the worst, and rejecting for the moment the idea of suicide; "prevent" means anticipate.
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  • ''O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3.
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  • ''O, I have passed a miserable night,
    So full of fearful dreams, of ugly sights,
    That, as I am a Christian faithful man,
    I would not spend another such a night
    Though 'twere to buy a world of happy days,
    So full of dismal terror was the time.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Clarence, in Richard III, act 1, sc. 4, l. 2-7. In prison, his dream foreshadows his death.
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  • ''For his bounty,
    There was no winter in't; an autumn it was
    That grew the more by reaping.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 86-8. Exaggerating Antony's generosity, after his death.
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  • ''Those that do teach young babes
    Do it with gentle means and easy tasks.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Desdemona, in Othello, act 4, sc. 2, l. 111-2.
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  • ''This our life, exempt from public haunt,
    Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
    Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 15-7. Finding consolation in the forest.
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  • ''Thou knowest in the state of innocency Adam fell, and what
    should poor Jack Falstaff do in the days in villainy?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 3, l. 164-6. To Prince Hal, who has exposed Falstaff's lies about what was stolen from his pocket.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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Sonnet Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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