William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''To feed were best at home;
    From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony;
    Meeting were bare without it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 34-6. "From thence" means away from home.
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  • ''O, that way madness lies; let me shun that!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 4, l. 21. "That way" means thinking about the ingratitude of his daughters.
  • ''So foul and fair a day I have not seen.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 3, l. 38.
  • ''Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Marcellus, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 4, l. 67 (1604).
  • ''I must go and meet with danger there,
    Or it will seek me in another place,
    And find me worse provided.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Northumberland, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 3, l. 48-50. "Provided" means prepared.
  • ''I have unclasped
    To thee the book even of my secret soul.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 4, l. 13-4. To Cesario (Viola in disguise), whom he is sending to Olivia as his go-between.
  • ''The silence often of pure innocence
    Persuades when speaking fails.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Paulina, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 2, l. 39-40. Proposing to present Hermione's baby to the king, Leontes.
  • ''I heard a bustling rumor like a fray,
    And the wind blows it from the Capitol.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 4, l. 18-9. "Bustling rumor like a fray" means confused noise like a brawl.
  • ''"Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire."
    What many men desire! That many may be meant
    By the fool multitude that choose by show.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince of Arragon, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 9, l. 24-6. He starts with the golden casket.
  • ''Of comfort no man speak.
    Let's talk of graves, of worms and epitaphs,
    Make dust our paper, and with rainy eyes
    Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth.
    Let's choose executors and talk of wills.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 140-4 (1597).

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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 Cviii

What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case

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