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.
    4 person liked.
    9 person did not like.
  • ''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.

Read more quotations »
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 ...

Read the full of All The World's A Stage

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;

[Report Error]