William Shakespeare

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Living, just by itself—what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom's the usher, there all the time to spy on you; whatever happens, you've got to look as if you were awfully busy all the time doing something that's terribly exciting—or he'll come along and nibble your brain.
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William Shakespeare (born April 1564, traditionally celebrated on 23 April; baptised 1564-04-26; died 1616-05-03 {1616-04-23 O.S.}) was an English playwright and poet.

Works of Shakespeare

Separate pages exist for quotations from all of the following works:


  • Time's glory is to command contending kings,
    To unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.
  • On a day—alack the day!—
    Love, whose month is ever May,
    Spied a blossom passing fair
    Playing in the wanton air
    • Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music, II
    • Not to be confused with The Sonnets; this poem is not a sonnet
  • Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
    Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care
    • The Passionate Pilgrim: A Madrigal
    • There is some doubt about the authorship.
  • I gyve unto my wief my second best bed with the furniture
    (Modern spelling: I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture.)
  • Good frend for Jesus sake forbeare/To digg the dust encloased heare/Blese be the man that spares these stones/And curst be he that moves my bones
    (Modern spelling: Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear, to dig the dust enclosèd here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.)
    • Shakespeare's epitaph


  • Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.
    • This statement by an unknown author has also been wrongly attributed to Julius Caesar, but there are no records of it prior to late 2000. It has been debunked at Snopes.com and About.com

Quotes about Shakespeare

Alphabetized by author
  • But Shakespear's Magick could not copy'd be,
    Within that Circle none durst walk but he.
  • Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them. There is no third.
  • Nor sequent centuries could hit
    Orbit and sum of SHAKSPEARE's wit.
  • The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good — in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
  • He was not of an age, but for all time!
    • Ben Jonson, To the Memory of my Beloved, the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare (1623)
  • I never quite despair and I read Shakspeare — indeed I shall I think never read any other Book much [...] I am very near Agreeing with Hazlit that Shakspeare is enough for us.
    • John Keats, in a letter to Benjamin Robert Haydon (11 May 1817)
  • He has left nothing to say about nothing or any thing.
    • John Keats, in a letter to John Hamilton Reynolds (22 November 1817)
  • At once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature & which Shakespeare posessed so enormously — I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.
    • John Keats, in a letter to George and Tom Keats ([21/27?] December 1817)
  • Shakespeare led a life of Allegory; his works are the comments on it.
    • John Keats, in a letter to George and Georgiana Keats (19 February 1819)
  • Shakespeare is not our poet, but the world's;
    Therefore on him no speech!
  • When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder
    That such trivial people should muse and thunder
    In such lovely language.
  • The verbal poetic texture of Shakespeare is the greatest the world has known, and is immensely superior to the structure of his plays as plays.

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