William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Dark night, that from the eye his function takes,
    The ear more quick of apprehension makes;
    Wherein it doth impair the seeing sense
    It pays the hearing double recompense.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hermia, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 177-80.
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  • ''Divinity of hell!
    When devils will the blackest sins put on,
    They do suggest at first with heavenly shows,
    As I do now.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 350-3. The divinity of hell is the inverted theology that leads people to damnation; "put on" means encourage; "suggest" means tempt.
  • ''But love is blind, and lovers cannot see
    The pretty follies that themselves commit,
    For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
    To see me thus transformed to a boy.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jessica, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 6, l. 36-9. She is disguised to elope with Lorenzo; "love is blind" is proverbial.
  • ''Cankered heaps of strange-achievèd gold.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 5, l. 71. "Cankered" means polluted or corrupt.
  • ''Yet herein will I imitate the sun,
    Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
    To smother up his beauty from the world,
    That when he please again to be himself,
    Being wanted, he may be more wondered at
    By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
    Of vapors that did seem to strangle him''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Henry IV, Pt. I (I, ii). NAWM-1. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''Memory, the warder of the brain.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7, l. 65. "Warder" means watchman.
  • ''They told me I was everything. 'Tis a lie, I am not ague-proof.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 104-5. "They" are flattering courtiers; "ague-proof" means immune to fever.
  • ''Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
    Thrice and once the hedge-pig whin'd.
    Harper cries: 'Tis time, 'tis time.
    Round about the cauldron go;
    In the poison'd entrails throw.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Macbeth (IV, i). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''Nothing that can be can come between me and the full prospect of my hopes.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malvolio, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4, l. 81-2. Convinced that Olivia loves him.
  • ''Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news
    Hath but a losing office, and his tongue
    Sounds ever after as a sullen bell,
    Remembered tolling a departing friend.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Northumberland, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 100-3.

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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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