Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate (Sonnet 18) William Shakespeare quote
But yet not cloy thy lips with loathed satiety, but rather famish them amid their plenty, making them red and pale with fresh variety, ten kisses short as one, one long as twenty! a summer´s day will seem an hour but short, being wasted in such time beguiling sport. (venus´n´adonis, poem) William Shakespeare quote
Lord, what fools these mortals be. William Shakespeare quote
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety (Antony And Cleopatra, Act 2 Scene 2) William Shakespeare quote
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy (Hamlet, Act 1 Scene 5) William Shakespeare quote
And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe, And then from hour to hour, we rot and rot: And thereby hangs a tale (As You Like It, Act 2 Scene 7) William Shakespeare quote
O! It is excellent To have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant (Measure For Measure, Act 2 Scene 2) Strength
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Something is rotten in the state of Denmark (Hamlet, Act 1 Scene 4) William Shakespeare quote
The most famous English playwright of all time, 1564 - 1616. He wrote a large number of plays in different genres, such as comedies, tragedies, histories and of course romances.
Some of his work is still regularly studied in classrooms to this day so his influence is enduring; for instance Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth are still commonly studied. His longest play was Hamlet which many consider to be the greatest play of all time.
His influence on the English language was immense with a surprisingly high number of words tracing their origin to his work, as indeed do many phrases.
His mind was clearly very productive and his command for story telling and commenting on humans and humanity meant his stories have reached through the ages even if the language now is difficult to understand. For many he is the greatest writer that has ever lived. Read our book reviews for William Shakespeare