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.
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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!
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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.
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Well, if Fortune be a woman, she’s a good wench for this gear.
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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.
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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.
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When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
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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.
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If music be the food of love, play on.
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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.
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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.
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Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
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The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
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I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.
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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
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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.
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When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
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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.
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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.
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Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
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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.
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Farewell, fair cruelty.
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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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