William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Sparrows must not build in his house-eaves, because they are lecherous.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 2, l. 175-6. Criticizing Angelo.
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  • ''Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak
    Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malcolm, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 3, l. 209-10. "Whispers" means whispers to the overburdened heart.
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  • ''A kind heart he hath. A woman would run through fire and water for such a kind heart.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mrs. Quickly, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 3, sc. 4, l. 102-4. Speaking of Fenton, one of the suitors for the hand of Anne Page.
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  • ''O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through
    another man's eyes!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 2, l. 43-5. The happiness is that of his brother Oliver, who is to marry Celia.
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  • ''Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Page, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 1, sc. 1, l. 196-7.
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  • ''He repelled, a short tale to make,
    Fell into a sadness, then into a fast,
    Thence to a watch, thence into a weakness,
    Thence to a lightness, and by this declension,
    Into the madness wherein now he raves.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 147-50. Inventing the stages of Hamlet's madness; "watch" means inability to sleep.
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  • ''How now, my sweet creature of bombast, how long is't ago,
    Jack, since thou sawest thine own knee?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 326-8. To Falstaff; "bombast" means cotton padding.
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  • ''Now 'tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted;
    Suffer them now, and they'll outgrow the garden,
    And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Margaret, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 3, sc. 1, l. 31-3.
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  • ''Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,
    But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 156-7. On leaving Juliet.
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  • ''By my soul I swear
    There is no power in the tongue of man
    To alter me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Standing on his legal right to cut flesh from Antonio. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 240-2.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii)

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting-
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,-
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

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Sonnet Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

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