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William Shakespeare biography

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries. He is widely considered one of the greatest writers in the English language and his works are still widely studied and performed today.


Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and had three children. He began his career as an actor and a playwright in London in the 1590s and quickly gained popularity. He wrote plays for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which later became the King's Men, a company of actors for whom he also acted.


Shakespeare's plays are known for their rich language, complex characters, and themes that explore human nature, including love, power, jealousy, and betrayal. Some of his most famous plays include "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Othello," and "King Lear."


In addition to his plays, Shakespeare also wrote sonnets, which are 14-line poems that follow a strict rhyme scheme. His sonnets explore themes of love, beauty, and mortality, and are still considered some of the most beautiful and profound poetry in the English language.


Shakespeare died in 1616 at the age of 52, leaving behind a legacy of work that continues to inspire and captivate audiences around the world.


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William Shakespeare Wife

William Shakespeare's wife was named Anne Hathaway. They were married on November 28, 1582, in a ceremony that took place in Temple Grafton, a village near Stratford-upon-Avon in England. Anne Hathaway was eight years older than Shakespeare and came from a family of yeoman farmers. The couple had three children together: a daughter named Susanna and twins, a son named Hamnet and a daughter named Judith.


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William Shakespeare was a prolific playwright and poet who wrote many famous works during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Some of his most well-known plays include:

  1. Romeo and Juliet

  2. Hamlet

  3. Macbeth

  4. Othello

  5. King Lear

  6. Julius Caesar

  7. Antony and Cleopatra

  8. The Tempest

  9. Twelfth Night

  10. Much Ado About Nothing

  11. A Midsummer Night's Dream

  12. The Taming of the Shrew

  13. Richard III

  14. Henry V

  15. The Merchant of Venice

In addition to his plays, Shakespeare also wrote several collections of poetry, including "Sonnets" and "Venus and Adonis."




William Shakespeare poetry


William Shakespeare is widely considered one of the greatest poets in the English language. He wrote 154 sonnets and numerous other poems, many of which are still studied and admired today. Here are some of his most famous and notable works:


Sonnet 18: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

This sonnet is one of Shakespeare's most famous and begins with the famous line "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" The speaker goes on to argue that the person he is addressing is more lovely and more temperate than a summer day.


Sonnet 116: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds"

This sonnet is often read at weddings, as it celebrates the idea of true love enduring despite all obstacles. The speaker argues that love is constant and unchanging, and that it is an "ever-fixed mark" that guides us through life.


Sonnet 29: "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes"

In this sonnet, the speaker bemoans his own misfortune and feeling of worthlessness. However, he finds solace in the thought of the person he loves, and realizes that their love is worth more than any material wealth or status.


"The Phoenix and the Turtle"

This poem is one of Shakespeare's most enigmatic works. It tells the story of a mythical phoenix and turtle dove who fall in love, but then die tragically. It is believed to be an allegory for the death of ideal love and the breakdown of the Elizabethan social order.


"A Lover's Complaint"

This poem tells the story of a young woman who has been abandoned by her lover. She wanders through the countryside, lamenting her loss and reflecting on the nature of love and betrayal. It is one of Shakespeare's longest poems and showcases his ability to create vivid, emotional imagery.


William Shakespeare Quotes

  1. "To be, or not to be: that is the question." - Hamlet

  2. "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." - As You Like It

  3. "To thine own self be true." - Hamlet

  4. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - Romeo and Juliet

  5. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves." - Julius Caesar

  6. "All that glitters is not gold." - The Merchant of Venice

  7. "Brevity is the soul of wit." - Hamlet

  8. "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once." - Julius Caesar

  9. "If music be the food of love, play on." - Twelfth Night

  10. "The course of true love never did run smooth." - A Midsummer Night's Dream

  11. "To be, or not to be: that is the question." - Hamlet

  12. "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." - All's Well That Ends Well

  13. "This above all: to thine own self be true." - Hamlet

  14. "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." - Twelfth Night

  15. "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!" - King Lear

  16. "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." - Hamlet

  17. "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves." - Julius Caesar

  18. "The quality of mercy is not strained." - The Merchant of Venice

  19. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." - Hamlet

  20. "To be, or not to be: that is the question." - Hamlet

  21. "I am a man more sinned against than sinning." - King Lear

  22. "The world is mine oyster." - The Merry Wives of Windsor

  23. "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on." - Othello

  24. "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." - Macbeth

  25. "We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep." - The Tempest

  26. "Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more." - Macbeth

  27. "To be, or not to be: that is the question." - Hamlet

  28. "The love of heaven makes one heavenly." - As You Like It

  29. "The miserable have no other medicine but only hope." - Measure for Measure

  30. "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." - A Midsummer Night's Dream

  31. "When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain." - Richard II

  32. "I am not bound to please thee with my answers." - The Merchant of Venice



William Shakespeare Life Quotes

Here are 100 William Shakespeare quotes on life:

  1. "To be, or not to be, that is the question."

  2. "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."

  3. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

  4. "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."

  5. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

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

  7. "When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain."

  8. "All that glitters is not gold."

  9. "The course of true love never did run smooth."

  10. "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

  11. "There is nothing so common as the desire to be remarkable."

  12. "The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief."

  13. "All the troubles of the world come from being unable to sit alone in a quiet room."

  14. "Better three hours too soon than a minute too late."

  15. "Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once."

  16. "Expectation is the root of all heartache."

  17. "How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world."

  18. "If music be the food of love, play on."

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

  20. "No legacy is so rich as honesty."

  21. "The empty vessel makes the loudest sound."

  22. "The eyes are the windows to the soul."

  23. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

  24. "To be wise and love, exceeds man's might."

  25. "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions."

  26. "What's done can't be undone."

  27. "All's well that ends well."

  28. "As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words."

  29. "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them."

  30. "Brevity is the soul of wit."

  31. "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once."

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

  33. "Hell is empty and all the devils are here."

  34. "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child."

  35. "I bear a charmed life."

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

  37. "If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul."

  38. "If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

  39. "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds."

  40. "Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings."



William Shakespeare Life Quotes

  1. "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."

  2. "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."

  3. "To be, or not to be: that is the question."

  4. "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."

  5. "This above all: to thine own self be true."

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

  7. "The course of true love never did run smooth."

  8. "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once."

  9. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

  10. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

  11. "Brevity is the soul of wit."

  12. "To be wise and love, exceeds man's might."

  13. "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions."

  14. "Hell is empty and all the devils are here."

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

  16. "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."

  17. "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

  18. "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

  19. "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

  20. "What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god!"

  21. "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."

  22. "Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice."

  23. "All that glitters is not gold."

  24. "There is no darkness but ignorance."

  25. "The better part of valor is discretion."

  26. "Time and the hour run through the roughest day."

  27. "The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together."

  28. "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds."

  29. "To do a great right, do a little wrong."

  30. "Expectation is the root of all heartache."

  31. "Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find."

  32. "How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world."

  33. "Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast."

  34. "The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes."

  35. "What's to come is still unsure."

  36. "When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain."

  37. "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."

  38. "The earth hath bubbles, as the water has, and these are of them."

  39. "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em."



10 quotes from William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice":


  1. "All that glitters is not gold."

  2. "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."

  3. "If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?"

  4. "I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?"

  5. "But love is blind, and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit."

  6. "The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath."

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

  8. "So shines a good deed in a naughty world."

  9. "Mislike me not for my complexion, The shadowed livery of the burnished sun."

  10. "How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here we will sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony."



I can provide some of his most famous quotes on this topic:

  1. "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." - from "As You Like It"

  2. "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more." - from "Macbeth"

  3. "We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep." - from "The Tempest"

  4. "To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles..." - from "Hamlet"

  5. "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once." - from "Julius Caesar"

  6. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - from "Romeo and Juliet"

  7. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." - from "Hamlet"

  8. "The course of true love never did run smooth." - from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

  9. "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." - from "All's Well That Ends Well"

  10. "Parting is such sweet sorrow." - from "Romeo and Juliet"




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