William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''There might you have beheld one joy crown another, so and in such manner that it seemed sorrow wept to take leave of them, for their joy waded in tears.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 3rd Gentleman, in The Winter's Tale, act 5, sc. 2, l. 43-6. On the reconciliation of Leontes and Polixenes.
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  • ''In sooth, I know not why I am so sad.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 1, l. 1. The opening line of this comedy; "sooth" means truth.
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  • ''An habitation giddy and unsure
    Hath he that buildeth on the vulgar heart.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Archbishop of York, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 3, l. 89-90. Complaining that the common people cannot be relied on.
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  • ''Weariness
    Can snore upon the flint, when resty sloth
    Finds the down pillow hard.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Belarius, in Cymbeline, act 3, sc. 6, l. 33-5. "Resty" means lazy, indolent.
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  • ''The wealthy curlèd darlings of our nation.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brabanzio, in Othello, act 1, sc. 2.
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  • ''Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me,
    And we, like friends, will straightway go together.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 2, l. 126-7.
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  • ''Of your philosophy you make no use
    If you give place to accidental evils.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 145-6. To Brutus; "give place to accidental evils" means are upset by troubles caused by chance.
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  • ''Bow, stubborn knees, and heart, with strings of steel,
    Be soft as sinews of the new-born babe!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 3, l. 70-1. Trying to pray for forgiveness for his murder of his brother.
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  • ''What shall Cordelia speak? Love, and be silent.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cordelia, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 62. On being asked to spell out how much she loves her father.
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  • ''When wilt thou leave fighting o' days and foining o' nights, and begin to patch up thine old body for heaven?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Doll Tearsheet, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 231-3. To Falstaff, who has just driven Ancient Pistol out of doors; "foining" means fornicating.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii)

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting-
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,-
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

Read the full of O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii)

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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