William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''It will help me nothing
    To plead mine innocence, for that dye is on me
    Which makes my whit'st part black.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Buckingham, in Henry VIII, act 1, sc. 1, l. 207-9. On being arrested as a traitor; "nothing" = not at all.
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  • ''Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I ha' lost my reputation, I ha' lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3.
  • ''The miserable have no other medicine
    But only hope.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 1.
  • ''I am advised to give her music a' mornings; they say it will
    penetrate.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cloten, in Cymbeline, act 2, sc. 3, l. 11-2. The buffoon, Cloten, attempts to woo Imogen; "penetrate" suggests his real desire.
  • ''I charge thee, Satan, housed within this man,
    To yield possession to my holy prayers.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Doctor Pinch, in The Comedy of Errors. Treating the supposedly mad Antipholus of Ephesus.
  • ''Thou thyself hast been a libertine,
    As sensual as the brutish sting itself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 65-6. Denying Jaques the moral high ground he has claimed.
  • ''What time of day is it, lad?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 1. Addressing Prince Hal as "lad" shows the close relationship between them.
  • ''The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long
    That it had its head bit off by its young.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 215-6. The cuckoo lays its eggs in another bird's nest, and so is an emblem of ingratitude; Lear is the sparrow and Goneril, his daughter, the cuckoo.
  • ''You see how full of changes his age is.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 288. Speaking of her father, King Lear.
  • ''Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt
    not escape calumny.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 135-6. Addressing Ophelia.

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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 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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