William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''She shall be buried by her Antony;
    No grave upon the earth shall clip in it
    A pair so famous.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 358-60. About Cleopatra.
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  • ''I have not from your eyes that gentleness
    And show of love as I was wont to have.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 33-4. To his friend Brutus, who is troubled in mind.
  • ''Impose me to what penance your invention
    Can lay upon my sin; yet sinned I not
    But in mistaking.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 273-5. Contrite after his public denunciation of Hero, he invites Leonato to subject him to any penance.
  • ''There is flattery in friendship.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Constable, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 7, l. 114-5. Proverbial.
  • ''If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, by virtue of your office, to be no true man.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 3, l. 50-1. Comically laying down the law.
  • ''When we our betters see bearing our woes,
    We scarcely think our miseries our foes.
    Who alone suffers, suffers most i' the mind,
    Leaving free things and happy shows behind.
    But then the mind much sufferance doth o'er skip,
    When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edgar, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 6, l. 102-7. Developing the proverb "it's good to have company in misery"; "free" means free from misery; "happy shows" means pleasant sights; "bearing" means endurance.
  • ''Resolution thus fubbed with the rusty curb of old father antic the law.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 61. Falstaff is speaking of the courage ("resolution") of thieves; "fubbed" means thwarted; "antic" means clown.
  • ''You come most carefully upon your hour.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Francisco, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 6. Greeting Bernardo, succeeding him as a guard on the king's castle in Elsinore.
  • ''For thy desires
    Are wolvish, bloody, starved, and ravenous.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gratiano, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 137-8. On Shylock demanding his pound of flesh.
  • ''Yet to me what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me—nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 308. referring to Genesis 3.19, "For dust thou art, and to dust shalt thou return."

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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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