William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''How low am I, thou painted maypole? Speak!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hermia, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 296. Angry with the taller Helena.
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  • ''When my outward action doth demonstrate
    The native act and figure of my heart
    In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
    But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
    For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 1, sc. 1, l. 61-5. Boasting of concealing his true feelings; "compliment extern" means external show or behavior to others; "daws" means jackdaws, i.e., fools.
  • ''Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness, and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 163-6. The seventh of the "seven ages" of man.
  • ''She either gives a stomach and no food—
    Such are the poor, in health; or else a feast
    And takes away the stomach—such are the rich,
    That have abundance and enjoy it not.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 4, l. 105-8.
  • ''Can no man tell me of my unthrifty son?
    'Tis full three months since I did see him last.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 3, l. 1-2. Referring to Prince Hal, as he becomes in Henry V; "unthrifty" means spendthrift, prodigal.
  • ''You lack the season of all natures, sleep.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 140. "Season" may mean necessary period of rest, or the seasoning that preserves.
  • ''O, reason not the need! our basest beggars
    Are in the poorest thing superfluous.
    Allow not nature more than nature needs,
    Man's life is cheap as beast's.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 264-7. On being told by Regan that he needs no servants of his own.
  • ''Time, thou anticipat'st my dread exploits.
    The flighty purpose never is o'ertook
    Unless the deed go with it. From this moment
    The very firstlings of my heart shall be
    The firstlings of my hand. And even now,
    To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done:''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Macbeth (IV, i). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''He's fortified against any denial.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malvolio, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 5, l. 145. On Cesario (Viola in disguise), who is determined to speak with Olivia.
  • ''Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
    That it do singe yourself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Norfolk, in Henry VIII, act 1, sc. 1, l. 140-1. To Buckingham, who has proclaimed his enmity to Wolsey.

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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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