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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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."
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  • ''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

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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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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