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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

Fear No More

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...

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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;

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