William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks;
    When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand;
    When the sun sets, who doth not look for night?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 3rd Citizen, in Richard III, act 2, sc. 3, l. 32-4. Fearing the worst on learning of the death of Edward IV.
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  • ''The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 97 (1600). Referring to Shylock.
  • ''Turn him to any cause of policy,
    The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,
    Familiar as his garter.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Archbishop of Canterbury, in Henry V, act 1, sc. 1, l. 45-7. It was said that whoever undid the Gordian knot would rule Asia, and Alexander the Great, who cut it with his sword, went on to great conquests.
  • ''Hung be the heavens with black! Yield, day, to night!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bedford, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 1, sc. 1, l. 1. Probably referring to the canopy over the stage, hung with black drapes for a tragedy.
  • ''He hath a killing tongue and a quiet sword.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Boy, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 2, l. 34. On ancient Pistol.
  • ''Et tu, Bruté?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 76 (1623). Caesar's dying words. Brutus was amongst the conspirators who stabbed Caesar. In his biography Julius Caesar, Suetonius ascribes an utterance in Greek to Caesar from which this phrase could be derived. The words had occurred in previous dramas of the period.
  • ''It is meet
    That noble minds keep ever with their likes;
    For who so firm that cannot be seduced?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 310-2. "Meet" means fitting.
  • ''Claudius. How is it that the clouds still hang on you?
    Hamlet. Not so, my lord, I am too much in the sun.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius and Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 66-7. Claudius probes Hamlet's grief at his father's death, while Hamlet resists Claudius's attempts to treat him as a son in the quibble on "sun."
  • ''I want that glib and oily art
    To speak and purpose not, since what I well intend,
    I'll do't before I speak.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cordelia, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 224-6.
  • ''For your writing and reading, let that appear when there is no need of such vanity.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 3, l. 20-2. Priding himself on his own illiteracy.

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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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