William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''The raven himself is hoarse
    That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
    Under my battlements.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 5, l. 38-40. The croaking of the raven proverbially foreshadowed misfortune or death.
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  • ''You think I'll weep:
    No, I'll not weep.
    I have full cause of weeping, but this heart
    Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws
    Or ere I'll weep.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 282-6. "Flaws" means fragments; "Or ere" means before.
  • ''Macbeth. Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
    Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
    Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
    And with some sweet oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart?
    Doctor. Therein the patient
    Must minister to himself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth and Doctor, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 3, l. 40-6. "Raze out" means erase; "oblivious" means producing forgetfulness; the "stuff" that weighs on the heart includes guilt for murder.
  • ''Mamillius. What color are your eyebrows?
    1st Lady. Blue, my lord.
    Mamillius. Nay, that's a mock. I have seen a lady's nose
    That has been blue, but not her eyebrows.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mamillius and 1st Lady, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 1, l. 13-5. Hermione's little son talks with court ladies.
  • ''Get posts and letters, and make friends with speed;
    Never so few, and never yet more need.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Northumberland, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 215. "Posts" were messengers who rode by stages where they changed horses.
  • ''O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 1, l. 9. "Quick and fresh" means alert and vigorous.
  • ''He hopes it is no other
    But for your health and your digestion sake,
    An after-dinner's breath.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Patroclus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3, l. 110-12. The Greek leaders, calling on Achilles, meet with this rebuff.
  • ''It provokes the desire but it takes away the performance. Therefore much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery: it makes him and it mars him; it sets him on and it takes him off.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Porter, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 3.
  • ''This sleep is sound indeed, this is a sleep
    That from this golden rigol hath divorced
    So many English kings.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 5, l. 35-7. "Rigol" means circle (compare "regal").
  • ''O sir, you are old;
    Nature in you stands on the very verge
    Of his confine.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Regan, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 146-8. "Confine" means limit, bounds.

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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 Li

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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