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About William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Life: 1564 - 1616

Country: gb flag England

Profession: Writer; Poet;

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

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To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
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~ William Shakespeare

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

~ William Shakespeare

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

~ William Shakespeare

Were kisses all the joys in bed, One woman would another wed.

~ William Shakespeare

The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.

~ William Shakespeare

Action is eloquence.

~ William Shakespeare

- Coriolanus, III, ii

For you and I are past our dancing days.

~ William Shakespeare

- Romeo and Juliet, I, v


MACDUFF: What three things does drink especially provoke?

PORTER: Marry, Sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery sir, it provokes and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.

~ William Shakespeare

- Macbeth, II, iii

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

~ William Shakespeare

- Julius Caesar, III, ii

Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on t'other [the other side].

~ William Shakespeare

- Macbeth, I, viii

I say there is no darkness but ignorance.

~ William Shakespeare

Since that my beauty cannot please his eye,
I'll weep what's left away, and weeping die.

~ William Shakespeare

- The Comedy of Errors, Act II, scene i, lines 112-113

To be furious
Is to be frightened out of fear.

~ William Shakespeare

- Anthony and Cleopatra, Act III, scene xiii, lines 195-196

The nature of bad news infects the teller.

~ William Shakespeare

- Anthony and Cleopatra, Act I, scene ii, line 96

For they say every why hath a wherefore.

~ William Shakespeare

- The Comedy of Errors, Act II, scene ii, line 42

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.

~ William Shakespeare

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

~ William Shakespeare

The Devil hath power
To assume a pleasing shape.

~ William Shakespeare

Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood.

~ William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

~ William Shakespeare

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.

~ William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.

~ William Shakespeare

- Julius Caesar

Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.

~ William Shakespeare

That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in. And the best of me is diligence.

~ William Shakespeare

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

~ William Shakespeare

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

~ William Shakespeare

Have more than thou showest,Speak less than thou knowest.

~ William Shakespeare

There is thy gold; worse poison to men's souls,
Doing more murther in this loathsome world,
Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell:

~ William Shakespeare

He does it with a better grace, but I do it more natural.

~ William Shakespeare

In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

~ William Shakespeare

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

~ William Shakespeare

A surfeit of the sweetest things
the deepest loathing to the stomach brings.

~ William Shakespeare

- A Midsummer Night's Dream

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

~ William Shakespeare

- The Merchant of Venice

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!

~ William Shakespeare

- King Lear

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven.

~ William Shakespeare

- All's Well That Ends Well

True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.

~ William Shakespeare

- King Richard III

Double, double, toil and trouble
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

~ William Shakespeare

- Macbeth

The eagle suffers little birds to sing,
And is not careful what they mean thereby.

~ William Shakespeare

- Titus Andronicus

The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.

~ William Shakespeare

Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow,
A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot,
Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

~ William Shakespeare

God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man.

~ William Shakespeare

- The Merchant of Venice

My nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyer's hand.

~ William Shakespeare

Jesters do oft prove prophets.

~ William Shakespeare

- King Lear

'Tis mad idolatry
To make the service greater than the god.

~ William Shakespeare

Ignorance is the curse of God,
Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

~ William Shakespeare

- Henry VI

Thou art the Mars of malcontents.

~ William Shakespeare

- The Merry Wives of Windsor. Act i. Sc. 3.

Why, then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword shall open.

~ William Shakespeare

- The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea, and one on shore;
To one thing constant never.

~ William Shakespeare

- Much Ado About Nothing

I do desire we may be better strangers.

~ William Shakespeare

Blow, blow thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.

~ William Shakespeare

- As You Like It

The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades, when speaking fails.

~ William Shakespeare

- A Winters Tale

And oft, my jealousy shapes faults that are not.

~ William Shakespeare

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.

~ William Shakespeare
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