William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I myself am best
    When least in company.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 4, l. 37-8. The lovesick Orsino prefers to be alone.
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  • ''Slander,
    Whose sting is sharper than the sword's.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Paulina, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 3, l. 86-7. Convinced that Hermione is wrongly accused and slandered.
  • ''Portia. Why, know'st thou any harm's intended towards him?
    Soothsayer. None that I know will be, much that I fear may chance.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia and the Soothsayer, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 4, l. 31-2. The soothsayer fears for Caesar.
  • ''Thy due from me
    Is tears and heavy sorrows of the blood,
    Which nature, love, and filial tenderness
    Shall, O dear father, pay thee plenteously.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 5, l. 37-40. Thinking his father is dead.
  • ''Richard. Harp not on that string, madam, that is past.
    Queen Elizabeth. Harp on it still shall I till heart-strings break.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, act 4, sc. 4, l. 364-5. He wants to talk of marriage, but she reminds him of the murders he has perpetrated.
  • ''I must comfort the weaker vessel, as doublet and hose ought
    to show itself courageous to petticoat.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 4, l. 5-7. in disguise as a boy; "the weaker vessel" is woman, a biblical phrase (Paul's first epistle to Peter, 3.7).
  • ''Thou call'st me dog before thou hadst a cause,
    But since I am a dog, beware my fangs.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 3, l. 6-7. Threatening Antonio.
  • ''A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
    That hath a mint of phrases in his brain.
    One who the music of his own vain tongue
    Doth ravish like enchanting harmony.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The King, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 1, sc. 1, l. 164-7. Commenting on Armado and his extravagant language.
  • ''When will this fearful slumber have an end?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titus, in Titus Andronicus, act 3, sc. 1, l. 252. Thinking all the horrors that have happened may be a dream.
  • ''There is a history in all men's lives,
    Figuring the natures of the times deceased,
    The which observed, a man may prophesy,
    With a near aim, of the main chance of things
    As yet not come to life.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Warwick, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 3, sc. 1, l. 80-4. A chain of events ("history") in everyone's past life may indicate pretty well ("with a near aim") the likely shape of things to come.

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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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