William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
    And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 145-7. The second of the "seven ages" of man.
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  • ''And then I stole all courtesy from heaven,
    And dressed myself in such humility
    That I did pluck allegiance from men's hearts,
    Loud shouts and salutations from their mouths,
    Even in the presence of the crowned King.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 50-4. Recalling his popularity before he became king.
  • ''How irksome is this music to my heart!
    When such strings jar, what hope of harmony?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 2, sc. 1, l. 54-5. Referring to his lords who quarrel at court.
  • ''To my judgment your highness is not entertained with that ceremonious affection as you were wont.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Knight, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 58-9. On the treatment of King Lear by his daughter Goneril.
  • ''Through tattered clothes great vices do appear;
    Robes and furred gowns hide all. Place sin with gold,
    And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks:
    Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw does pierce it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 164-7.
  • ''Not Hermia but Helena I love.
    Who will not change a raven for a dove?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lysander, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 2, l. 113-4. Puck's magic juice has made Lysander switch his affections to Helena.
  • ''The king-becoming graces,
    As justice, verity, temperance, stableness,
    Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness,
    Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
    I have no relish of them.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malcolm, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 3, l. 91-4. A catalog of virtues Malcolm says he lacks; "lowliness" means humility.
  • ''For there was never yet philosopher
    That could endure the toothache patiently,
    However they have writ the style of gods
    And made a push at chance and sufferance.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Much Ado about Nothing (V, i). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''Hang there, my verse, in witness of my love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 1. Hanging poems in praise of Rosalind on the forest trees.
  • ''A thousand moral paintings I can show
    That shall demonstrate these quick blows of Fortune's
    More pregnantly than words.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Painter, in Timon of Athens, act 1, sc. 1.

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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 Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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