William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior of Touchstone, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 4.
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  • ''I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 3, l. 31. To Bardolph, whose nose is red.
  • ''Here's a night pities neither wise men nor fools.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 2, l. 12-3.
  • ''As you are old and reverend, you should be wise.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 240.
  • ''Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned,
    Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell,
    Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
    Thou com'st in such a questionable shape
    That I will speak to thee.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 4, l. 40-4. Addressing the ghost as a spirit that appears in his father's shape; "questionable" means which invites questions.
  • ''O weary night, O long and tedious night,
    Abate thy hours, shine comforts from the east.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 431-2. "Abate" means cut short, abridge.
  • ''Though I do hate him as I do hell pains,
    Yet, for necessity of present life,
    I must show out a flag and sign of love,
    Which is indeed but sign.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 1, sc. 1, l. 154-7. Telling Roderigo his true attitude to Othello.
  • ''It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples,
    extracted from many objects.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 1, l. 15-7. "Simples" means ingredients.
  • ''Why, Harry, do I tell thee of my foes,
    Which art my nearest and dearest enemy?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 122-3. To Prince Hal, reproaching him for failing to support his father.
  • ''Our kinsman Gloucester is as innocent
    From meaning treason to our royal person
    As is the sucking lamb or harmless dove.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 3, sc. 1, l. 69-71. The comparisons are proverbial.

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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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