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Collections of William Shakespeare Famous Quotes


William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 26, 1564 to John Shakespeare (a successful business man) and died on April 23, 1616.

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William Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet, scholars have written thousands of books and articles about his plots, characters, themes, and language. He is also the most widely quoted author in history. Below are things William Shakespeare was known for:
  • Producing perhaps the most varied and powerful body of work any author has ever written
  • Exploring elemental themes of power, justice, love, and death in his tragedies, comedies, histories, romances, and sonnets
  • Creating realistic stage characters whose appeal comes in their truly human motives, actions, and flaws
  • Achieving widespread and lasting recognition for his work, which continues to be taught and performed worldwide
  • Adding innumerable phrases and quotations to the English language

Below are the some collections of famous quotes quoted by William Shakespeare during his lifetime. Enjoy!

I was adored once too.
William Shakespeare
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
William Shakespeare
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
William Shakespeare
He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.
William Shakespeare
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
William Shakespeare
I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father.
William Shakespeare
Men's vows are women's traitors!
William Shakespeare
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
William Shakespeare
Nothing can come of nothing.
William Shakespeare
The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.
William Shakespeare
There is no darkness but ignorance.
William Shakespeare
Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.
William Shakespeare
How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!
William Shakespeare
In time we hate that which we often fear.
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Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.
William Shakespeare
They do not love that do not show their love.
William Shakespeare
'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
William Shakespeare
There's many a man has more hair than wit.
William Shakespeare
There's place and means for every man alive.
William Shakespeare
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare
Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
William Shakespeare
Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear.
William Shakespeare
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
William Shakespeare
There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
William Shakespeare
To be, or not to be, that is the question.
William Shakespeare
Having nothing, nothing can he lose.
William Shakespeare
Speak low, if you speak love.
William Shakespeare
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
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
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
William Shakespeare
When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
William Shakespeare
Expectation is the root of all heartache.
William Shakespeare
The wheel is come full circle.
William Shakespeare
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
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
William Shakespeare
No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.
William Shakespeare
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
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!
William Shakespeare
If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.
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
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
William Shakespeare
As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
William Shakespeare
If music be the food of love, play on.
William Shakespeare
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
William Shakespeare
If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.
William Shakespeare
Absence from those we love is self from self - a deadly banishment.
William Shakespeare
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
William Shakespeare
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
William Shakespeare
By that sin fell the angels.
William Shakespeare
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
William Shakespeare
The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
William Shakespeare
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.
William Shakespeare
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
William Shakespeare
The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
William Shakespeare
Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.
William Shakespeare
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
William Shakespeare
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
William Shakespeare
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
William Shakespeare
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
William Shakespeare
We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from... Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements.
William Shakespeare
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare
For I can raise no money by vile means.
William Shakespeare
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
William Shakespeare
A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
William Shakespeare
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
William Shakespeare
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
William Shakespeare
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
William Shakespeare
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
William Shakespeare
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
William Shakespeare
If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.
William Shakespeare
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces.
William Shakespeare
Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
William Shakespeare
Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
William Shakespeare
Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.
William Shakespeare
There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.
William Shakespeare
To do a great right do a little wrong.
William Shakespeare
What is past is prologue.
William Shakespeare
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
William Shakespeare
Farewell, fair cruelty.
William Shakespeare
I dote on his very absence.
William Shakespeare
Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?
William Shakespeare

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