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SummaryWilliam Shakespeare was a famous Dramatist from England, who lived between April 26, 1564 and April 23, 1616. He became 51 years old.
BiographyHe is regarded as the greatest English writer and the world's most eminent dramatist. He called England's national poet and "the bard of Avon" - or simply "poet." Ben Jonson gave him the name "Swan of Avon". Authorship consists of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and several other poems. Plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more frequently than other playwrights plays.
Shakespeare was born and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon. When he was 18 years old, he married Anne Hathaway, whom he had three children with: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. He traveled to London sometime between 1585 and 1592 and began a successful career as an actor, writer and part owner of the acting company Lord Chamberlain's Men - later known as the King's Men. He probably retired back to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later.
Shakespeare wrote most of his famous works between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and krønikespill, genres he refined in the late 1500's. He wrote mainly tragedies until 1608 - such as the classic Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. At the end of his life he wrote tragicomedy and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623 published two of his former theatrical colleagues Shakespeare's complete plays, which contained all his plays except two.
Zodiac etc.He is born under the zodiac taurus, who is known for Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience. Our collection contains 173 quotes who is written / told by William, under the main topics: Happiness, Love, Nature, Peace.
Related authors: William Hazlitt, Anne Hathaway, Michael York, Ben Jonson, Henrik Ibsen
Source / external links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare
Famous quotes by William Shakespeare (173)
"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool"
"As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport"
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything"
"How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world"
"Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue"
"A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser"
"And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse"
"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! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!"
"O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention"
"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"
"Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything"
"Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man"
"Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life"
"Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course"
"I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion"
"I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart"
"I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father"
"Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them"
"Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once"
"Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong"
"But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes"
"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them"
"As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words"
"As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him"
"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry"
"Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?"
"Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind"
"If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces"
"I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it 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"
"If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me"
"If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor"
"'Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of"
"The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired"
"I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one"
"The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact"
"O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil"
"Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven"
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them"
"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"
"Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?"
"Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing"
"We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from... Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements"
"Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him"
"To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man"
"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 have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them"
"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"
"Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt"
"Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds"
"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt"