William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Thy brother by decree is banishèd.
    If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn for him,
    I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 1, l. 44-6. To Metellus, who pleads for his exiled brother; "spurn" means kick.
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  • ''Life, being weary of these worldly bars,
    Never lacks power to dismiss itself.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 96-7. A stoic attitude that sees suicide positively as having power over oneself.
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  • ''That we would do
    We should do when we would, for this "would" changes,
    And hath abatements and delays as many
    As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 7, l. 118-23. "Abatements" means loss of momentum; what people do or say, and mere chance, may cause us to delay doing what we should.
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  • ''I am sure my love's
    More ponderous than my tongue.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cordelia, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 77-8. Her love is weightier than she can put into words.
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  • ''There's daggers in men's smiles.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Donalbain, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 3, l. 140.
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  • ''This is the excellent foppery of the world: that when we are sick in fortune—often the surfeits of our own behaviour—we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars, as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence.... An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edmond, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 2, l. 116-26 (1623).
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  • ''This same young sober-blooded boy doth not love me, nor a man
    cannot make him laugh, but that's no marvel, he drinks no
    wine.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 3, l. 87-9. Referring to Prince John.
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  • ''These violent delights have violent ends,
    And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
    Which as they kiss consume.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Friar Lawrence, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 6, l. 9-11. On Romeo and Juliet as they rush into marriage; the Friar's words seem to anticipate their death.
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  • ''He took the bride about the neck
    And kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack
    That at the parting all the church did echo.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gremio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 3, sc. 3, l. 50-52. Of Petruccio and Katherine.
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  • ''O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
    My tables—meet it is I set it down
    That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 106-8. Brooding on his uncle Claudius, the "villain" who murdered his father; "tables" means writing-tables.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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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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