William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Like to a pair of loving turtle-doves
    That could not live asunder day or night.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Burgundy, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 2, sc. 2, l. 30-1. Referring to the Dauphin and Joan of Arc.
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  • ''Now could I, Casca, name to thee a man
    Most like this dreadful night,
    That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars
    As doth the lion in the Capitol—
    A man no mightier than thyself or me
    In personal action, yet prodigious grown
    And fearful, as these strange eruptions are.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 72-8. Referring to Julius Caesar; the audience may have thought of the lions kept in the Tower of London.
  • ''Friendship is constant in all other things
    Save in the office and affairs of love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 175-6. Thinking he has been betrayed by his friend Don Pedro; "office" means business.
  • ''It is held
    That valor is the chiefest virtue, and
    Most dignifies the haver.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cominius, in Coriolanus, act 2, sc. 2, l. 83-5. Praising Coriolanus for his courage in battle ("haver" means possessor).
  • ''An two men ride of a horse, one must ride behind.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 5, l. 36-7. Thinking of himself as at the front, of course.
  • ''The worst is not
    So long as we can say, "This is the worst."''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edgar, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 1, l. 27-8.
  • ''I would 'twere bed-time, Hal, and all well.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, sc. 1, l. 125. Showing his fear of dying in battle.
  • ''Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 5, l. 44-5. Addressing King Lear.
  • ''Beseech you, sir, be merry; you have cause,
    So have we all, of joy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gonzalo, in The Tempest, act 2, sc. 1, l. 1-2. Appealing to Alonso to be joyful after coming safely ashore.
  • ''The dread of something after death,
    The undiscovered country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 80-82 (1604). part of Hamlet's meditative soliloquy on the question of "To be, or not to be."

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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 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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