William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Come to my woman's breasts,
    And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers,
    Wherever in your sightless substances
    You wait on nature's mischief!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 5, l. 46-9. Summoning spirits ("ministers") to make her ruthless; "sightless" means invisible.
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  • ''You see me here, you gods, a poor old man,
    As full of grief as age, wretched in both.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 2, sc. 4, l. 272-3.
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  • ''I have almost forgot the taste of fears.
    The time has been, my senses would have cooled
    To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair
    Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir
    As life were in't. I have supped full with horrors;
    Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts,
    Cannot once start me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 5, l. 9-15. "My fell" means my skin covered in hair, or all my hair; "dismal treatise" means horror story.
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  • ''Yet have I fierce affections, and think
    What Venus did with Mars.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mardian, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 5, l. 17-8. An eunuch speaks of his desires.
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  • ''In poison there is physic, and these news,
    Having been well, that would have made me sick,
    Being sick, have in some measure made me well.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Northumberland, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 1, l. 137-9. Bad news stimulates him to act.
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  • ''They shall yet belie thy happy years
    That say thou art a man. Diana's lip
    Is not more smooth and rubious; thy small pipe
    Is as the maiden's organ, shrill and sound,
    And all is semblative a woman's part.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 4, l. 30-4. Almost penetrating Viola's disguise as his page Cesario; "rubious" means red; "pipe" means voice; "is semblative" means resembles.
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  • ''It is yours,
    And might we lay th'old proverb to your charge,
    So like you, 'tis the worse.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Paulina, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 3, l. 96-8. Showing Leontes his baby daughter; implying that it would be better for the child if she were not like her father.
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  • ''You have some sick offence within your mind,
    Which by the right and virtue of my place
    I ought to know of.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 268-70. Demanding, as Brutus's wife, to know what troubles him.
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  • ''Seven times tried that judgment is
    That did never choose amiss.
    Some there be that shadows kiss,
    Such have but a shadow's bliss.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince of Arragon, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 9, l. 66-7. The message in the silver casket telling him his hopes were illusory.
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  • ''Conscience is but a word that cowards use,
    Devised at first to keep the strong in awe.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 5, sc. 3, l. 309-10. Dismissing the conscience that had so troubled him in his dreams before the battle with Richmond.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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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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