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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''The wealthy curlèd darlings of our nation.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brabanzio, in Othello, act 1, sc. 2.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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

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 Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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