William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Wear this for me: one out of suits with Fortune,
    That could give more, but that her hand lacks means.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 2, l. 246-7. Giving Orlando a chain; she is out of Fortune's favor because her father has been driven into exile.
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  • ''Fast bind, fast find,
    A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 5, l. 54-5. Meaning keep things secure and they are readily found.
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  • ''Report of fashions in proud Italy,
    Whose manners still our tardy-apish nation
    Limps after in base imitation.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The Duke of York, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 1.
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  • ''Now I stand as one upon a rock,
    Environed with a wilderness of sea,
    Who marks the waxing tide grow wave by wave,
    Expecting ever when some envious surge
    Will in his brinish bowels swallow him.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 3, sc. 1, l. 93-7. "His" = its.
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  • ''When he was naked he was, for all the world, like a forked radish, with a head fantastically carved upon it with a knife.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Warwick, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 3, sc. 2, l. 308. Falstaff describing Shallow as a young man.
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  • ''I am one, my liege,
    Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
    Hath so incensed that I am reckless what
    I do to spite the world.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 2nd Murderer, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 1, l. 107-10.
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  • ''I to the world am like a drop of water,
    That in the ocean seeks another drop,
    Who, falling there to find his fellow forth
    (Unseen, inquisitive), confounds himself.
    So I, to find a mother and a brother,
    In quest of them (unhappy), lose myself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. "To the world" means in relation to the world; "confounds himself" means mingles and loses its identity. Antipholus of Syracuse, in The Comedy of Errors, act 1, sc. 2, l. 34-40.
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  • ''Here's that which is too weak to be a sinner,
    Honest water, which ne'er left man i' th' mire.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Apemantus, in Timon of Athens, act 1, sc. 2, l. 58-9. As opposed to the wine that flows in Timon's house.
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  • ''O that I were a man for his sake, or that I had any friend that would be a man for my sake! But manhood is melted into curtsies, valor into compliment.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1, l. 317-8. Wishing she could challenge Claudio to a duel.
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  • ''O grim-looked night, O night with hue so black,
    O night which ever art when day is not!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1, l. 170-1. As Pyramus, addressing the night.
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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 Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

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