William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. From roughly 1594 onward he was an important member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men company of theatrical players. Written records give little indication of the way in which Shakespeare’s professional life molded his artistry. All that can be deduced is that over the course of 20 years, Shakespeare wrote plays that capture the complete range of human emotion and conflict.
One of the greatest play writer, poems & actor produced so many of his known work of which we bring you the 5 artistic quotes by him.
5. Hamlet, Act III, Scene II
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.Meaning : It means that when someone denies something too much and too often, they’re usually lying. They’ve done whatever it is they’re accused of and trying too hard to cover their tracks.
4. Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose.
By any other name would smell as sweet.Meaning : Juliet is not allowed to associate with Romeo because he is a Montague. If he had any other name it would be fine. He’s complaining that his name is meaningless. If rose had any other name it would still be the same. So with Romeo, he would still be the same beautiful young man even if he had a different name.
3. Hamlet, Act I, Scene III
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.Meaning : If you follow the principles you believe in, as strictly as the day always follows the night, then you will always be truthful and honest with other people.
2. As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII
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.Meaning : On the deeper level he is looking at the fact that our lives although the main focus to us are only fleeting parts of the larger world, we all make entrances and exits, as do the people in our life. We all are different things at different times in our lives.
1. Merchant of Venice, Scene I
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?Meaning : In the merchant of Venice, there are perhaps fewer disturbing lines in all of Shakespeare than Shylock’s promise to Solanio and Salarino in Act III, scene I, that he will outdo the evil that has been done to him. Shylock begins by eloquently reminding the Venetians that all people, even those who are not part of the majority culture, are human.
A Jew, he reasons, is equipped with the same faculties as a Christian, and is therefore subject to feeling the same pains and comforts and emotions. The speech, however, is not a celebration of shared experience or even an invitation for the Venetians to acknowledge their enemy’s humanity.