William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''A fool's bolt is soon shot.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orleans, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 7, l. 122. Proverbial; a fool lets fly with his arrow ("bolt") too soon.
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  • ''If ever you prove false to one another, since I have taken such pain to bring you together, let all pitiful goers-between be called to the world's end after my name; call them all Pandars.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pandarus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 199-202. On providing Troilus and Cressida with a bedroom in which to make love.
  • ''This is the very ecstasy of love.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 1, l. 99. Interpreting Hamlet's strange behavior to Ophelia as the "ecstasy" or madness of love for her.
  • ''Doth it not show vilely in me to desire small beer?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 2, l. 5-6. Implying that a prince should want strong drink, not weak ("small") beer.
  • ''The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Margaret, in Richard III, act 1, sc. 3, l. 221. Addressing Richard; "still" means continually.
  • ''How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night,
    Like softest music to attending ears!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 165-6. Hearing Juliet call to him.
  • ''A harmless necessary cat.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 55. Commenting on what some people cannot bear.
  • ''My recompense is thanks, that's all,
    Yet my good will is great, though the gift small.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Thaisa, in Pericles, act 3, sc. 4, l. 17-18. To Cerimon, who has brought her back to life.
  • ''Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titania, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 1, l. 162. The charming names of Titania's diminutive fairy servants; "Moth" sounded like "mote" or speck.
  • ''I would be loath to cast away my speech, for besides that it is excellently well penned, I have taken great pains to con it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Viola, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 5, l. 172-4. Addressing Olivia with a speech on behalf of Orsino; "con" means learn by heart.

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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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