William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''For conspiracy,
    I know not how it tastes, though it be dished
    For me to try how.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hermione, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 2, l. 71-3. Defending herself in court against accusations that she conspired with Camillo.
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  • ''He that filches from me my good name
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 159-61. Provoking Othello to be suspicious of Desdemona.
  • ''They say the tongues of dying men
    Enforce attention like deep harmony.
    Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain,
    For they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. John of Gaunt, in Richard II, act 2, sc. 1, l. 5-8. It was proverbial that "dying men speak true."
  • ''Most subject is the fattest soil to weeds.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 4, l. 54. "Fattest" means richest, best; the "weeds" refer to Prince Hal's base companions.
  • ''From camp to camp, through the foul womb of night,
    The hum of either army stilly sounds,
    That the fixed sentinels almost receive
    The secret whispers of each other's watch.
    Fire answers fire, and through their play flames
    Each battle sees the other's umbered face.
    Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs
    Piercing the night's dull ear; and from the tents
    The armorers accomplishing the knights,
    With busy hammers closing rivets up,
    Give dreadful note of preparation.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. King Henry V (IV, Prologue). "Stilly" means softly; the "foul womb" will give birth to battle at dawn. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''I have given suck, and know
    How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me;
    I would, while it was smiling in my face,
    Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
    And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn
    As you have done to this.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7, l. 54-9. To Macbeth, who is hesitating about murdering Duncan.
  • ''Is there any cause in nature that make these hard hearts?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 6, l. 77-8.
  • ''Now good digestion wait on appetite,
    And health on both!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 37-8.
  • ''Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes
    Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,
    This bird of dawning singeth all night long,
    And then they say no spirit dare stir abroad,
    The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike,
    No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
    So hallowed, and so gracious, is that time.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Marcellus, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 158-64. "Bird of dawning" means the cock; "takes" means bewitches.
  • ''For this I shall have time enough to mourn.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Northumberland, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 136. Bad news prompts him to action, and to put off mourning.

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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 Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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