William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Doubt thou the stars are fire,
    Doubt that the sun doth move,
    Doubt truth to be a liar,
    But never doubt I love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 16-9. quoting from Hamlet's letter to Ophelia, who has given it to him; "doubt" means suspect. (According to the Ptolemaic idea of the universe, the sun moved round the earth.).
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  • ''As familiar with me as my dog.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 2, l. 106-7.
  • ''I can give the loser leave to chide.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Margaret, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 3, sc. 1, l. 182. The loser is the Duke of Gloucester, arrested at her instigation.
  • ''Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath,
    Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.
    Thou art not conquered. Beauty's ensign yet
    Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,
    And death's pale flag is not advanced there.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 5, sc. 3, l. 92-6. He has opened the tomb where Juliet lies, thought to be dead, but really unconscious and still alive.
  • ''There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
    For I did dream of money bags tonight.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 5, l. 17-8.
  • ''When first this order was ordained, my lords,
    Knights of the Garter were of noble birth,
    Valiant and virtuous, full of haughty courage.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Talbot, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 33-5. on the founding of the Order of the Garter, founded about 1344 by Edward III, who is said to have picked up the garter of a lady he was dancing with. It is a blue ribbon buckled with gold, worn on the left leg, and bears the inscription "Honi soit qui mal y pense," or cursed be he who thinks evil of this.
  • ''This same progeny of evils comes
    From our debate, from our dissension.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titania, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 115-6. On the disorder resulting from her quarrel ("debate") with Oberon.
  • ''I will believe thou hast a mind that suits
    With this thy fair and outward character.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Viola, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 2, l. 50-1. To the captain of the ship that brought her to Illyria.
  • ''The melancholy Jaques.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 1st Lord, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 26. The adjective has permanently stuck to the character.
  • ''Now does he feel his title
    Hang loose about him like a giant's robe
    Upon a dwarfish thief.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Angus, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 2, l. 20-2. As if Macbeth has become too small for his office as King of Scotland.

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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 Li

Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;

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