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William Shakespeare

  • English dramatist
  • Born April 23, 1564
  • Died April 23, 1616

William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.


Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.

Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.




Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.




Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.




I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture.




Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.




Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.




Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.




Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.




Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.




I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!

I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!




Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.




My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.




Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.




We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.




False face must hide what the false heart doth know.




Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.




With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.




God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.




O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.




Farewell, fair cruelty.

Farewell, fair cruelty.




It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.




I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.

I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.




Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.




What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.




Boldness be my friend.




Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.

Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.




I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.

I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.




There's many a man has more hair than wit.

There's many a man has more hair than wit.




There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.




Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.




O, had I but followed the arts!




Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.




Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.




Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.




The love of heaven makes one heavenly.




The course of true love never did run smooth.



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