William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''The urging of that word "judgment" hath bred a kind of remorse in me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 2nd Murderer, in Richard III, act 1, sc. 4, l. 107-8. Commissioned to murder Clarence, he hesitates at the thought of doomsday, or the day of judgment (see Matthew 10:15, etc.).
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  • ''Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote;
    Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs,
    And as a bed I'll take them, and there lie.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antipholus of Syracuse, in The Comedy of Errors, act 3, sc. 2, l. 47-9. To Luciana, who has been pleading with him on her sister's behalf; "take" means make use of.
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  • ''Men shut their doors against a setting sun.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Apemantus, in Timon of Athens, act 1, sc. 2, l. 145. Foreshadowing the fall of Timon.
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  • ''He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man; and he that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 36-9. Rejecting the idea of marrying.
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  • ''The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 211-4. Bottom confuses the senses, just as his dream is confused in recollection.
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  • ''The time of universal peace is near.
    Prove this a prosp'rous day, the three-nooked world
    Shall bear the olive freely.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, sc. 6, l. 4-6. Anticipating peace; "Prove this" means "If this prove"; "three-nooked" means three-cornered.
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  • ''We shall find of him
    A shrewd contriver; and, you know, his means,
    If he improve them, may well stretch so far
    As to annoy us all.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 157-60. Arguing for killing Mark Antony as well as Caesar; "shrewd contriver" means cunning and dangerous schemer.
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  • ''O, what men dare do! What men may do! What men daily do, not knowing what they do!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1, l. 19-20.
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  • ''Conrade. Here, man, I am at thy elbow.
    Borachio. Mass, and my elbow itched; I thought there would a scab follow.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Conrade and Borachio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 3, l. 98-100. "Scab" means scoundrel, as well as the literal meaning.
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  • ''An old man, sir, and his wits are not so blunt as, God help, I would desire they were; but, in faith, honest as the skin between his brows.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 5, l. 10-2. Commenting on his assistant, Verges, and, as often, in the word "blunt" (means sharp) saying the opposite of what he means; "honest as the skin between his brows" is proverbial.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;

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