William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''At your request
    My father will grant precious things as trifles.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Florizel, in The Winter's Tale, act 5, sc. 1, l. 221-2. To Perdita; "as" means as if they were.
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  • ''As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods,
    They kill us for their sport.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 1, l. 36-7. A cynical or despairing view; "wanton" means playful.
  • ''Sure He that made us with such large discourse,
    Looking before and after, gave us not
    That capability and godlike reason
    To fust in us unused.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 4, l. 36-9. Reason is "godlike" as shared with the creator, and marking the difference between human beings and beasts.
  • ''Therefore is love said to be a child
    Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 238-9. "Child" means both Cupid, and lover who are so often deluded ("beguiled") in the choice they make.
  • ''I have't. It is engendered. Hell and night
    Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 1, sc. 3, l. 403-4. Exactly what evil Iago has in mind is not yet clear.
  • ''Thy loving voyage
    Is but for two months victualled.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 4, l. 91-2. To Touchstone, about to marry Audrey.
  • ''Our hands are full of business, let's away,
    Advantage feeds him fat while men delay.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 179-80. "Feeds him fat" means grows lazy, loses its edge.
  • ''O Lord that lends me life,
    Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 19-20.
  • ''My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
    And every tongue brings in a several tale,
    And every tale condemns me for a villain.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard III, act 5, sc. 5. Later, before the Battle of Bosworth, Richard rejects conscience with the words, "Conscience is but a word that cowards use, Devised at first to keep the strong in awe" (act 5, sc. 6).
  • ''I am a man more sinned against than sinning.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 2, l. 59-60 (1623).

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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 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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