William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Peace,
    Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Burgundy, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 2, l. 34-5.
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  • ''That part of tyranny that I do bear
    I can shake off at pleasure.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 99-100. He means by taking his own life.
  • ''All hearts in love use their own tongues.
    Let every eye negotiate for itself,
    And trust no agent.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 177-9. He thinks Don Pedro has wooed Hero for himself, and not, as he promised, for Claudio.
  • ''I am indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are in great danger I recover them.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cobbler, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 1, l. 23-4. Playing on "recover" as cure and resole.
  • ''I hear as good exclamation on your worship as of any man in the city.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 5, l. 25-6. Mistaking the word, as usual: "exclamation" means outcry against; he perhaps means "acclamation" in speaking to Leonato, governor of Messina.
  • ''Sorrow and grief of heart
    Makes him speak fondly like a frantic man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Earl of Northumberland, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 3, l. 184-5. Reporting the behavior of Richard to Henry Bolingbroke.
  • ''I would to God thou and I knew where a commodity of good names were to be bought.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 82-3. To Prince Henry, implying they both have a bad reputation; "commodity" means goods for sale, supply.
  • ''Let go thy hold when a great wheel runs down a hill lest it break thy neck with following; but the great one that goes upward, let him draw thee after.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 71-4.
  • ''Here is everything advantageous to life.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gonzalo, in The Tempest, act 2, sc. 1, l. 50. On Prospero's island.
  • ''Angels and ministers of grace defend us!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 4, l. 39. Exclamation on first seeing his father's ghost.

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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 Cviii

What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case

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