William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''By the pricking of my thumbs,
    Something wicked this way comes.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 2nd Witch, in Macbeth, act 4, sc. 1, l. 44-5.
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  • ''There's a time for all things.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antipholus of Syracuse, in The Comedy of Errors, act 2, sc. 2, l. 65. proverbial; from Ecclesiates, 3.1, "To every thing there is a season."
  • ''Apothecary. My poverty, but not my will, consents.
    Romeo. I pay thy poverty, and not thy will.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Apothecary and Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 5, sc. 1, l. 75-6. Romeo persuades the apothecary to sell him poison.
  • ''Wooing, wedding, and repenting, is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinquepace; the first suit is hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig, and full as fantastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a measure, full of state and ancientry; and then comes repentance and, with his bad legs, falls into the cinquepace faster and faster, till he sink into his grave.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 73-80. Her cynical view of marriage; "state and ancientry" means stateliness and old-fashioned formality; a "cinquepace" was a lively dance (French "cinq pas" means five paces), with a pun on "sink."
  • ''They will steal anything, and call it purchase.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Boy, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 2, l. 41-2. "Purchase" means plunder.
  • ''But you are come
    A market-maid to Rome.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 6, l. 50-1. Octavius sees his sister returning to Rome with a smaller train than he thinks appropriate.
  • ''The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 140-1.
  • ''If he be not in love with some woman, there is no believing old signs. 'A brushes his hat o'mornings; what should that bode?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 2, l. 40-2. On Benedick sprucing himself up.
  • ''Is not their climate foggy, raw, and dull,
    On whom, as in despite, the sun looks pale,
    Killing their fruit with frowns?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Constable, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 5, l. 16-8. On the English climate.
  • ''O villain! Thou wilt be condemned into everlasting redemption for this.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 4, sc. 2, l. 56-7. Interrogating his prisoner, Borachio; he means to say "damnation," not "redemption."

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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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