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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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

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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