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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

Fear No More

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy ...

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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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