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

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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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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