William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''The miserable have no other medicine
    But only hope.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 1, l. 2-3 (1623).
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  • ''All strange and terrible events are welcome,
    But comforts we despise.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 15, l. 3-4. Preparing for the worst.
  • '''Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth,
    But the plain single vow that is vowed true.
    What is not holy, that we swear not by,
    But take the Highest to witness.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Diana, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 4, sc. 2, l. 21-2. Rejecting Bertram's protestations of love as unholy.
  • ''Here feel we not the penalty of Adam,
    The seasons' difference.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 6. There were no seasons until Adam was expelled from the Garden of Eden.
  • ''The King himself is to be feared as the lion.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 3, l. 149. As the lion is king of the beasts.
  • ''The gods themselves,
    Humbling their deities to love, have taken
    The shapes of beasts upon them. Jupiter
    Became a bull, and bellowed; the green Neptune
    A ram, and bleated; and the fire-robed god,
    Golden Apollo, a poor humble swain.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Florizel, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 25-30. What Florizel does not say to Perdita is that the aim of all these gods was to seduce a mortal girl; Apollo was god of the sun.
  • ''Alack, the night comes on, and the bleak winds
    Do sorely ruffle; for many miles about
    There's scarce a bush.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 300-2. "Ruffle" means rage.
  • ''But to my mind, though I am native here
    And to the manner born, it is a custom
    More honored in the breach than the observance.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 4, l. 14-6. Commenting on the music accompanying the king's carousing and revelry by night; "manner" means custom; "more honored in the breach than the observance" means which it is more honorable to break than to observe.
  • ''We cannot fight for love, as men may do;
    We should be wooed, and were not made to woo.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 241-2. Following Demetrius, who is trying to shake her off.
  • ''O wretched fool,
    That lov'st to make thine honesty a vice!
    O monstrous world! Take note, take note, O world,
    To be direct and honest is not safe.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 375-8. The "wretched fool" is Iago himself, hypocritically protesting his honesty to Othello.

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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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