William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • '''Tis certain, greatness, once fallen out with fortune,
    Must fall out with men too. What the declined is,
    He shall as soon read in the eyes of others
    As feel in his own fall.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Achilles, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 3, l. 75-8. On finding he is ignored by the other Greek generals.
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  • ''I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 5, sc. 1, l. 238. Fearing he has provoked discord in Belmont.
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  • ''Full fathom five thy father lies,
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes;
    Nothing of him that doth fade,
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.
    Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
    Ding-dong.
    Hark! Now I hear them—ding-dong bell.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ariel, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 2, l. 397-405. Ariel's best-known song, for Ferdinand's benefit, misleading him about his father, who is not dead. The idea of change or transformation is important in the play.
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  • ''Marry, I cannot show it in rhyme, I have tried; I can find no rhyme to "lady" but "baby"Man innocent rhyme; for "scorn," "horn"Ma hard rhyme; for "school," "fool"Ma babbling rhyme; very ominous endings. No, I was not born under a rhyming planet, nor I cannot woo in festival terms.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2, l. 36-41. Trying to express his love for Beatrice.
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  • ''Hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 3, sc. 2, l. 13-4. Opening speech to the people after the death of Caesar.
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  • ''The cause is in my will: I will not come.
    That is enough to satisfy the Senate.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 2, l. 71-2. Refusing to offer excuses for not going to the Capitol.
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  • ''When went there by an age, since the great Flood,
    But it was famed with more than with one man?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 152-3. Greek mythology and the Bible both describe a great flood; in the first Zeus spared Deucalion, and in the second God spared Noah.
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  • ''Like a man to double business bound,
    I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
    And both neglect.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 3, l. 41-3. He wants to pray, but cannot because of his sense of guilt.
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  • ''I earn that I eat, get that I wear, owe no man hate,
    envy no man's happiness, glad of other men's good, content
    with my harm.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Corin, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 73-6.
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  • ''What is he for a fool that betroths himself to unquietness?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Don John, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 3, l. 47-8. Seeing Claudio as a fool for becoming engaged to Hero.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

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Sonnet Ci

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

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