William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I cannot
    Be mine own, not anything to any, if
    I be not thine. To this I am most constant,
    Though destiny says no.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Florizel, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 43-6. He will be no use to himself or anyone unless he can marry Perdita.
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  • ''These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 2, l. 103-4. "Late" means recent.
  • ''What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and
    heaven?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 126-8. To Ophelia, accusing himself of many faults.
  • ''It is not night when I do see your face,
    Therefore I think I am not in the night;
    Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company,
    For you, in my respect, are all the world.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 221-4. Helena's infatuation with Demetrius; "in my respect" means esteem.
  • ''Though in the trade of war I have slain men,
    Yet do I hold it very stuff o' the conscience
    To do no contrived murder. I lack iniquity
    Sometimes to do me service.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 1, sc. 2, l. 1-3.
  • ''And I did laugh sans intermission
    An hour by his dial. O noble fool,
    A worthy fool—motley's the only wear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 32-4 (1623). Motley garments were the traditional dress of professional jesters, probably quartered in primary colors, or else woven from different colored threads.
  • ''No extraordinary gaze,
    Such as is bent on sunlike majesty
    When it shines seldom in admiring eyes.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 78-80.
  • ''Now God be praised, that to believing souls
    Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 2, sc. 1, l. 64-5. On the miracle of a blind man recovering his sight.
  • ''I do the wrong, and first begin to brawl.
    The secret mischiefs that I set abroach
    I lay unto the grievous charge of others.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard III, act 1, sc. 3, l. 324-6. Laying the responsibility for his own wicked schemes on others; "set abroach" means initiate, set going.
  • ''When we are born, we cry that we are come
    To this great stage of fools.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 182-3. Shakespeare often compares the world to a theater in which everyone plays a part.

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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 Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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