William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Claudio. In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on.
    Benedick. I can see yet without spectacles, and I see no such matter.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio and Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 187-90. Claudio has fallen in love with Hero.
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  • ''There is gold, and here
    My bluest veins to kiss—a hand that kings
    Have lipped, and trembled kissing.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 5, l. 28-30. Allowing a messenger to kiss the royal hand.
  • ''Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws,
    And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
    Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger's jaws,
    And burn the long-liv'd phoenix in her blood;
    Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleet'st,
    And do what'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
    To the wide world and all her fading sweets;''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws (l. 1-7). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''I love to cope him in these sullen fits,
    For then he's full of matter.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 67-8. Speaking of the melancholy Jaques; matter means thought.
  • ''When I was about thy years, Hal, I was not an eagle's talon in the waist, I could have crept into any alderman's thumb-ring.
    A plague of sighing and grief, it blows a man up like a
    bladder.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 329-33.
  • ''He has his health, and ampler strength indeed
    Than most have of his age.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Florizel, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 403-4. Speaking of his father, Polixenes.
  • ''I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny, who sways, not as it hath power, but as it is suffered.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 2, l. 49-51. "Suffered" means allowed, by the young who could seize power.
  • ''There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 249-50. To Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; Hamlet says Denmark is a prison and they do not think so.
  • ''O, when she is angry she is keen and shrewd;
    She was a vixen when she went to school,
    And though she be but little, she is fierce.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 323-5. On Hermia; "keen and shrewd" meanscaustic and malicious.
  • ''Good God, the souls of all my tribe defend
    From jealousy!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 175-6.

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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 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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