William Shakespeare Quotes

By | 03.05.2022
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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare, As You Like It

To be, or not to be: that is the question. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

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. William Shakespeare, As You Like It

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go. William Shakespeare

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I would there were no age between sixteen and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting. William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. William Shakespeare

Now is the winter of our discontent. William Shakespeare, Richard III

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head. William Shakespeare, As You Like It

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

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

Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing. William Shakespeare, As You Like It

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

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. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

When the age is in, the wit is out. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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

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

Beware the Ides of March. Julius Caesar
Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself
And falls on the other [side]. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare

Hell is empty and all the devils are here. William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Get thee to a nunnery. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

If music be the food of love play on. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! William Shakespeare, Richard III

Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Et tu, Brute! William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

The better part of valor is discretion. William Shakespeare, Henry IV

When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools. William Shakespeare, King Lear

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. William Shakespeare

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. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears: I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

False face must hide what the false heart doth know. William Shakespeare

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

Cry “havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare

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. William Shakespeare, As You Like It

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child! William Shakespeare, King Lear

Listen to many, speak to a few. William Shakespeare

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

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

There’s small choice in rotten apples. William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

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

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. William Shakespeare, Henry IV

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

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin
As self-neglecting. William Shakespeare, Henry V

The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief. William Shakespeare, Duke of Venice in Othello

Though she be but little, she is fierce! William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Conscience is but a word that cowards use,
Devised at first to keep the strong in awe. William Shakespeare, Richard III

To do a great right do a little wrong. William Shakespeare

My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break. William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle… This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. William Shakespeare, Richard II

But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we’ll not fail. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

I am a man more sinned against than sinning. William Shakespeare, King Lear

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. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

What light through yonder window breaks. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Courage mounteth with occasion. William Shakespeare, King John

An overflow of good converts to bad. William Shakespeare

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

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

The robb’d that smiles steals something from the thief. William Shakespeare, Othello

The course of true love never did run smooth. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Full fathom five thy father lies, of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fade, but doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange. William Shakespeare, The Tempest

But to my mind, though I am native here
And to the manner born, it is a custom
More honor’d in the breach than the observance. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

A man can die but once. William Shakespeare, Henry IV

Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety. William Shakespeare, Henry IV

Lord, what fools these mortals be! William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child! William Shakespeare, King Lear

Oft expectation fails and most oft there
Where most it promises, and oft it hits
Where hope is coldest and despair most fits. William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

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. William Shakespeare

Frailty, thy name is woman. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Modest doubt is call’d
The beacon of the wise. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed! William Shakespeare

I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it. William Shakespeare

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? William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Nothing will come of nothing. William Shakespeare, King Lear

Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I am one who loved not wisely but too well. William Shakespeare, Othello

This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea, . . .
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. William Shakespeare, Richard II

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

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father refuse thy name, thou art thyself thou not a montegue, what is montegue? tis nor hand nor foot nor any other part belonging to a man
What is in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,
So Romeo would were he not Romeo called retain such dear perfection to which he owes without that title,
Romeo, Doth thy name!
And for that name which is no part of thee, take all thyself. William Shakespeare

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. William Shakespeare, The Tempest

They are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. William Shakespeare, Escalus in Measure for Measure

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

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess. William Shakespeare, King John

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice. William Shakespeare, Polonius in Hamlet

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. William Shakespeare, King John

Sweets grown common lose their dear delight. William Shakespeare, Sonnet CII

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

The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

The fashion wears out more apparel than the man. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear. William Shakespeare

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. William Shakespeare, Great Sonnets

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief. William Shakespeare, Othello

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

They say, best men are moulded out of faults;
And, for the most, become much more the better
For being a little bad. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser. William Shakespeare

But, for my own part, it was Greek to me. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

When our actions do not,
Our fears do make us traitors. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

How sharper than a serpent”s tooth it is to have a thankless child! King Lear

Dispute not with her: she is lunatic. William Shakespeare, Richard III

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,-
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Cry ‘havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

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

This is very midsummer madness. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasance, age is full of care. William Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim

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

I  am a man more sinned against than sinning. William Shakespeare, King Lear

For to the noble mind
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

By all the vows that ever men have broke, in number more than ever women spoke. William Shakespeare

Life … is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

I cannot tell what the dickens his name is. William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself
Till by broad spreading it disperse to nought. William Shakespeare, Henry VI

All that glitters is not gold.William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And too often is his gold complexion dimm’d:
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By chance or natures changing course untrimm’d;
By thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee. William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Had I but served my God with half the zeal
I served my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII

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