William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Let still the woman take
    An elder than herself. So wears she to him;
    So sways she level in her husband's heart.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 4, l. 29-31. Giving to his page Cesario (Viola in disguise) advice that is ironically more appropriate to Viola.
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  • ''I am a man whom Fortune hath cruelly scratched.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Parolles, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 5, sc. 2, l. 26-7. Appealing for pity after being exposed as a liar and braggart.
  • ''This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pompey, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, sc. 7, l. 96. A Roman feast, less of an orgy than one in Alexandria, Egypt.
  • ''Wisdom cries out in the streets, and no man regards it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 88-9. Echoing the Bible, Proverbs 1:23-4.
  • '''Tis the infirmity of his age, yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Regan, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 293-4. On Lear casting off his daughter Cordelia.
  • ''My way is to conjure you, and I'll begin with the women. I
    charge you, O women, for the love you bear to men, to like
    as much of this play as please you.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, epilogue, l. 11-4.
  • ''If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 1, l. 64-73. Intending to demand his pound of flesh from Antonio.
  • ''Much is the force of heaven-bred poesy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The Duke of Milan, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, act 3, sc. 2. In the Renaissance period, poetry, like love, was thought to be a divine furor.
  • ''Poor harmless fly,
    That with his pretty buzzing melody
    Came here to make us merry. And thou hast killed him!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 3, sc. 2, l. 63-5. To his brother Marcus; Titus is going mad.
  • ''Thou hast never in thy life
    Showed thy dear mother any courtesy,
    When she, poor hen, fond of no second brood,
    Has clucked thee to the wars, and safely home
    Loaden with honor.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Volumnia, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 3, l. 160-4. His mother pleads with Coriolanus not to make war on Rome; a strikingly homely image for a patrician lady.

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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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