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.
    3 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.

Read more quotations »
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 ...

Read the full of All The World's A Stage

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;

[Report Error]