William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
    But not expressed in fancy, rich, not gaudy,
    For the apparel oft proclaims the man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3, l. 70-2. Advice to his son, going to live abroad; "fancy" means ornamentation.
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  • ''Thou art a blessed fellow to think as every man thinks. Never
    a man's thought in the world keeps the road-way better than
    thine.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 2, l. 56-9. Mocking his friend Poins for accepting common opinion as true.
  • ''Why strew'st thou sugar on that bottled spider
    Whose deadly web ensnareth thee about?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Margaret, in Richard III, act 1, sc. 3, l. 241-2. Speaking to Edward's Queen, Elizabeth, who does not join her in her denunciation of Richard.
  • ''Do thou but close our hands with holy words,
    Then love-devouring death do what he dare,
    It is enough I may but call her mine.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 6, l. 6-8. Speaking to Friar Lawrence before his marriage to Juliet, and already foreshadowing the death that will end their love.
  • ''I'll have my bond, speak not against my bond,
    I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 3, l. 4-5. The bond demands a pound of Antonio's flesh.
  • ''My thoughts are whirlèd like a potter's wheel.
    I know not where I am or what I do.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Talbot, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 1, sc. 5, l. 19.
  • ''If you will patiently dance in our round,
    And see our moonlight revels, go with us.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titania, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 140-1. Titania inviting Oberon to join in the fairy dance or "round."
  • ''What else may hap, to time I will commit.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Viola, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 2, l. 60. "Hap" means chance to happen.

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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 Cviii

What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case

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