William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616
The "Chandos" portrait, possibly by John Taylor, circa 1610
Born: 23 April 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Died: 23 April 1616, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Shakespeare's date of birth is presumed, based on his recorded baptism on the 26th, possibly so readily agreed to because of the resonance of his dying on the same date. He probably was educated in Latin and the classics at the King's New School at Stratford, his father's position would have entitled him to attend. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582, they had a daughter six months later and twin sons. Nothing is known of his life until 1592, at which time he was attacked in print for his pretension as a writer. He joined the Lord Chamberlain's Men, an actors' cooperative in 1594; after Queen Elizabeth's death in 1603 they received a royal patent from James I and became the King's Men. Shakespeare's recorded property holdings indicate he did quite well.
By 1613, when he retired to Stratford, he had written at least 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His works have been translated into more languages than any other English author, and he is the most quoted author of all time.
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- A friend should bear his friend's infirmities. permalink
Cassius speaking to Brutus in Julius Caesar (1599)
- A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse! permalink
Richard III Act V, scene iv (ca. 1592)
- (M, II, i) A sad tale's best for winter. I have one of sprites and goblins.
(A, IV, iii) When daffodils begin to peer,
With heigh! the doxy, over the dale,
Why, then comes in the sweet o' the year;
For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale. permalink
composite, Mamillius and Autolycus from The Winter's Tale (1610)
- A surfeit of the sweetest things
the deepest loathing to the stomach brings. permalink
Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II, scene ii (1595)
- Action is eloquence. permalink
- Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy. permalink
Friar Laurence speaking in Romeo & Juliet (1595)
- Affection is a coal that must be cool'd
Else, suffered, it will set the heart of fire. permalink
Venus and Adonis (1593)
- All that glisters is not gold—
Often have you heard that told. permalink
Morocco in The Merchant of Venice, Act II, scene vii (1596)
- 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. permalink
As You Like It (1599)
- Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. permalink
Marcus Antonius in Julius Caesar, Act III, scene ii (1599)
- An enterprise, when fairly once begun, should not be left till all that ought is won permalink
disputed, attribued since 1891 but not found in any primary sources
- And appetite, a universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce an universal prey
And last eat up himself. permalink
Ulysses speaking in Troilus and Cressida (1601-02)
- As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods.
They kill us for their sport. permalink
Gloucester in King Lear (1605-06)
- At Christmas I no more desire a rose,
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth;
But like of each thing that in season grows. permalink
Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost< Act I, scene i (1594)
- Beauty itself doth of itself persuade
The eyes of men without an orator. permalink
The Rape of Lucrece (1594)
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