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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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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