William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Born: January 01, 1970

Nationality: English

Occupation: Dramatist, playwright, poet, actor

Biography: William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the Bard of Avon. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems.

Source/Notes: Although this quote is from the play Julius Caesar (Act II, Scene II), written in 1599 by Shakespeare, it actually expresses a similar idea of a statement made by the Roman dictator Julius Caesar and quoted by Plutarch: "It was better to die once than to live always in fear of death"
Source/Notes: Brutus speaking in "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" (1599), Act I, Scene II

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