William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''I see my reputation is at stake,
    My fame is shrewdly gored.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Achilles, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 3, l. 227. Shrewdly gored = badly wounded; responding to Ulysses.
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  • ''Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 1, l. 51. On the strange eccentricities of human behavior.
  • ''Past and to come seems best; things present, worst.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Archbishop of York, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 3, l. 108. Everything seems to be at its worst for the rebels.
  • ''How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Belarius, in Cymbeline, act 3, sc. 3, l. 79. Seeing the innate nobility of the king's sons, living with him in exile.
  • ''Brutus. Now, as you are a Roman, tell me true.
    Messala. Then like a Roman bear the truth I tell,
    For certain she is dead, and by strange manner.
    Brutus. Why, farewell, Portia. We must die, Messala.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus and Messala, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 3, l. 187-90. Brutus's stoic response to the news of the death of his wife.
  • ''It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
    Seeing that death, a necessary end,
    Will come when it will come.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 2, l. 35-7. The idea the nothing is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time it will come, is proverbial.
  • ''Three parts of him
    Is ours already, and the man entire
    Upon the next encounter yields him ours.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 154-6. Using devious means to win the support of Brutus.
  • ''There lives within the very flame of love
    A kind of wick or snuff that will abate it.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 7, l. 114-5. "Snuff" means charred portion of the wick.
  • ''I know the more one sickens the worse at ease he is.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Corin, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 23-4. On the basic facts of life.
  • ''Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be medicinable to me.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don John, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 2, l. 4-5. Hoping to prevent by any means the marriage of Claudio and Hero; any obstacle will do him good ("be medicinable").

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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 Lxxvii

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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