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William Shakespeare's birthday: 7 best quotes from his plays that will take you down the memory lane

Swapna Mohanty | Updated on: 23 April 2018, 17:32 IST

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women mearly players," said the greatest William Shakespeare who was born today April 23. His vast catalogue of plays and poems are till date brought to the stage. He is known as the national poet of England.

On his birthday we have the seven top quotes of all times-:

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564. The exact date of his birth is not recorded, but it’s most often celebrated around the world on the 23rd April.

Although the plays of William Shakespeare may be the most widely read works in the English language, little is known for certain about the playwright himself. Some scholars even believe the plays were not written by William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon but by some other well-educated, aristocratic writer who wished to remain anonymous.

His earliest plays, including The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew, were written in the early 1590s. Later in the decade, he wrote tragedies such as Romeo and Juliet (1594-1595) and comedies including The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth.

At the age of 18, Shakespeare married 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. The consistory court of the Diocese of Worcester issued a marriage licence on 27 November 1582. The next day, two of Hathaway's neighbours posted bonds guaranteeing that no lawful claims impeded the marriage.

Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616, at the age of 52. He died within a month of signing his will, a document which he begins by describing himself as being in "perfect health". 

On his death, Shakespeare made several gifts to various people but left his property to his daughter, Susanna. The only mention of his wife in Shakespeare’s own will is: “I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture”. The “furniture” was the bedclothes for the bed.

First published: 23 April 2018, 17:31 IST