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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 some 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.


The attempt and not the deed confounds us.




I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.

I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.




The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.




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.

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.




O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!




A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.




It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.




How well he's read, to reason against reading!

How well he's read, to reason against reading!




And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.




What is past is prologue.




O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!




It is a wise father that knows his own child.




Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.




Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.




Brevity is the soul of wit.




Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.




One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.




The valiant never taste of death but once.




I was adored once too.




The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company.




Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.




The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.




So foul and fair a day I have not seen.




Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.




If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.




O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.




The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.




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




When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.




I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.




Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.




The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.




Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.




I bear a charmed life.

I bear a charmed life.




Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.




God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.



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