William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 249-50.
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  • ''Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Andrew Aguecheek, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 3, l. 81-4 (1623). Reflecting a popular medical belief.
  • ''O comfort-killing night, image of hell,
    Dim register and notary of shame,
    Black stage for tragedies and murders fell,
    Vast sin-concealing chaos, nurse of blame!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The Rape of Lucrece.
  • ''In respect that it is solitary, I like it very well; but
    in respect that it is private, it is a very vile life.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Touchstone, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 15-7. Telling Corin, the shepherd, his views about life in the forest of Arden.
  • ''Then I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
    The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
    When sometime lofty towers I see down-rased,
    And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
    When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
    Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
    And the firm soil win of the wat'ry main,
    Increasing store with loss and loss with store;
    When I have seen such interchange of state,
    Or state itself confounded to decay,
    Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate,
    That Time will come and take my love away.
    This thought is as a death, which cannot choose
    But weep to have that which it fears to lose.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaces (l. 1-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
  • ''The dragon wing of night o'erspreads the earth.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Achilles, in Troilus and Cressida, act 5, sc. 8, l. 17. Suggesting doom as well as darkness; he has just killed Hector.
  • ''O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 102. Referring to Shylock, from whom he wants to borrow money.
  • ''A peace is of the nature of a conquest,
    For then both parties nobly are subdued,
    And neither party loser.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Archbishop of York, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, sc. 2, l. 89-91.
  • ''They say the lady is fair; 'tis a truth, I can bear them witness; and virtuous; so, I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving me. By my troth, it is no addition to her wit, nor no great argument of her folly, for I will be horribly in love with her.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 3, l. 230-5. On hearing Beatrice loves him, he is prepared to praise her, and to love her.
  • ''You speak a'th'people
    As if you were a god, to punish; not
    A man of their infirmity.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, a tribune of the people, in Coriolanus, act 3, sc. 1, l. 80-2. On the attitude of the patrician Coriolanus.

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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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