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William Shakespeare

(1564 - 1616) (Baptised 26 April 1564 – Died 23 April 1616)

Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He was baptised on 26 April 1564. His date of birth is unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, Saint George's Day. This date has proved of interest to biographers because Shakespeare died on the same date in 1616.

At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children.




To be, or not to be: that is the question:
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Action is eloquence.


Be great in act, as you have been in thought.


And since you know you cannot see yourself,

so well as by reflection, I, your glass,

will modestly discover to yourself,

that of yourself which you yet know not of.


On English

Here will be an old abusing of God's patience and the king's English.

"The Merry Wives of Windsor", Act 1 scene 4


On conversation

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.


On fame

Glory is like a circle in the water,

Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,

Till by broad spreading it disperses to naught.


On patience

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.


on winter

Blow, blow, thou winter wind

Thou art not so unkind,

As man's ingratitude.


On adversity

A wretched soul, bruised with adversity,

We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;

But were we burdened with like weight of pain,

As much or more we should ourselves complain.



I wish you well and so I take my leave,

I Pray you know me when we meet again.