William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''travelg and travelers''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 1, l. 22-5. To Jaques, defining the true traveller.
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  • ''You take my life
    When you do take the means whereby I live.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1.
  • ''"Let me not live," quoth he,
    "After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff
    Of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses
    All but new things disdain."''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The King of France, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 1, sc. 2, l. 58-61. An old man's wish to die rather than oppress the young ("snuff" means a burned wick that prevents a candle from flaming brightly).
  • ''Touchstone. Art rich?
    William. Faith, sir, so, so.
    Touchstone. "So, so" is good, very good, very excellent
    good; and yet it is not, it is but so, so.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Touchstone and William, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 1, l. 25-8. Touchstone is mocking the country bumpkin William, who says he is pretty rich, by changing the meaning of "so, so."
  • ''But when your countenance filled up his line,
    Then lacked I matter; that enfeebled mine.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Was it the proud full sail of his great verse (l. 13-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''3rd Fisherman. I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
    1st Fisherman. Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 3rd and 1st Fisherman, in Pericles, act 2, sc. 1, l. 26-9.
  • ''I am a tainted wether of the flock,
    Meetest for death; the weakest kind of fruit
    Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 114-6. "Tainted wether" literally means sickly castrated ram; Antonio offers himself, as it were, for sacrifice.
  • ''As clear as is the summer's sun.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Archbishop of Canterbury, in Henry V, act 1, sc. 2, l. 86.
  • ''I would not deny you; but, by this good day, I yield upon great persuasion; and partly to save your life, for I was told you were in a consumption.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 4, l. 94-7. Wittily accepting Benedick as a husband on equal terms.
  • ''They would have me as familiar with men's pockets as their
    gloves or their handkerchiefs; which makes much against my
    manhood, if I should take from another's pocket to put into
    mine; for it is plain pocketing up of wrongs.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Boy, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 2, l. 47-51. His employers, Nym, Bardolph and Pistol, would turn the boy into a pickpocket.

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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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