William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • '''Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 2nd Servingman, in Romeo and Juliet, act 4, sc. 2, l. 6-7.
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  • ''They say this town is full of cozenage:
    As nimble jugglers that deceive the eye,
    Dark-working sorcerers that change the mind,
    Soul-killing witches that deform the body,
    Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks,
    And many such-like liberties of sin.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antipholus of Syracuse, in The Comedy of Errors, act 1, sc. 2, l. 97-102. The reputation of Ephesus, where Antipholus has just arrived; mountebanks were quack doctors or charlatans.
  • ''I wonder men dare trust themselves with men.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Apemantus, in Timon of Athens, act 1, sc. 2, l. 43. Seeing that Timon's guests are destroying him.
  • ''Manhood is melted into courtesies, valour into compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and trim ones, too.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1.
  • ''As young as I am, I have observed these three swashers. I am
    boy to them all three, but all they three, though they would
    serve me, could not be man to me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Boy, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 2, l. 28-31. Seeing through the swashbuckling Nym, Bardolph and Pistol, who, for all their bravado, are cowards; "boy" means servant.
  • ''Bravest at the last,
    She levelled at our purposes, and being royal
    Took her own way.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 335-7. Finding Cleopatra dead by her own hand.
  • ''O insupportable and touching loss!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 151. On the news of the death of Portia, Brutus's wife.
  • ''Give not this rotten orange to your friend;
    She's but the sign and semblance of her honor.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 1, l. 32-3. Rejecting Hero as unchaste at the wedding ceremony; "sign and semblance" means outward appearance.
  • ''I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Conrade, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 3, l. 139-40. Changes in fashion often cause people to discard clothing before it is worn out.
  • ''I am a wise fellow, and, which is more, an officer; and, which is more, a householder; and, which is more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any is in Messina; and one that knows the law, go to; and a rich fellow enough, go to; and a fellow that hath had losses; and one that hath two gowns and everything handsome about him.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 2, l. 80-6. Priding himself on his modest wealth and status.

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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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