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William Shakespeare Quotes: William Shakespeare 100 Famous Quotes

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist. He wrote over 38 plays and 154 sonnets that have been translated into every major living language and performed more often than those of any other playwright. His works include tragedies such as “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” and “King Lear,” comedies like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Tempest,” and historical plays such as “Henry V” and “Richard III.” Shakespeare’s influence on the English language and literature is immeasurable, and his works continue to be studied, performed, and enjoyed by audiences around the world.

William Shakespeare is known for his profound and memorable quotes. Here are a few examples:

1#

Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.

2#

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?

3#

Sweets to the sweet.

4#

Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.

5#

My soul is in the sky.

6#

God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.

7#

I do love nothing in the world so well as you- is not that strange?

8#

Some are born great, others achieve greatness.

9#

When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!

10#

When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.

11#

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.

12#

And yet,to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.

13#

Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.

14#

In time we hate that which we often fear.

15#

Presume not that I am the thing I was.

16#

Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

17#

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.

18#

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

19#

They do not love that do not show their love.

20#

Conscience doth make cowards of us all.

21#

The breaking of so great a thing should make
A greater crack: the round world
Should have shook lions into civil streets,
And citizens to their dens.

22#

Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.

23#

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

24#

Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is!

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25#

Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.

26#

For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

27#

Listen to many, speak to a few.

28#

Brevity is the soul of wit.

29#

Expectation is the root of all heartache.

30#

Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.

31#

Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.

32#

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

34#

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring barque,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

35#

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!

36#

Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

37#

To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…

38#

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

39#

Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.

40#

My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy.

41#

I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

42#

The course of true love never did run smooth.

43#

By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.

44#

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.

45#

My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.

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46#

These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume

47#

Though she be but little, she is fierce!

48#

Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find.
William Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim

49#

You speak an infinite deal of nothing.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

50#

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.

51#

We know what we are, but not what we may be.

52#

When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

53#

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

54#

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

55#

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

56#

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

57#

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

58#

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind. Nor hath love’s mind of any judgment taste; Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste: And therefore is love said to be a child, Because in choice he is so oft beguil’d.

59#

Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none: be able for thine enemy
Rather in power than use; and keep thy friend
Under thy own life’s key: be check’d for silence,
But never tax’d for speech.

60#

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

61#

There was a star danced, and under that was I born.

62#

I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.

63#

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

64#

When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.

65#

Nothing will come of nothing: speak again.

66#

Me, poor man, my library
Was dukedom large enough

67#

A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

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68#

Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.

69#

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

70#

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

71#

Love looks not with eyes, but with the mind.

72#

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

73#

The course of true love never did run smooth.

74#

The golden age is before us, not behind us.

75#

A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!

76#

But love is blind, and lovers cannot see.
Men of few words are the best men.

77#

They do not love that do not show their love.

78#

When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.

79#

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

80#

Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.
Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.

81#

To be, or not to be, that is the question.
Having nothing, nothing can he lose.

82#

Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.

83#

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
Expectation is the root of all heartaches.

84#

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.  

85#

What’s done can’t be undone.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

86#

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
If music be the food of love, play on.

87#

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

88#

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.

89#

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accept what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.

90#

Honesty is the best policy.

91#

Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.

92#

What is past is prologue.

93#

All things are ready, if our mind be so.

94#

The prince of darkness is a gentleman!

95#

Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.

96#

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

97#

Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man’s son doth know.

98#

You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings
and soar with them above a common bound.

99#

I wish my horse had the speed of your tongue.

100#

Thine face is not worth sunburning.







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