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William Shakespeare Quotes

William Shakespeare Quotes

“The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good — in spite of all the people who say he is very good.”

– Robert Graves

“Within that Circle none durst walk but he.”

– John Dryden

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William Shakespeare Quotes about Character

“This above all: to thine ownself be true.

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition;

 oft got without merit and lost without deserving.”

– William Shakespeare, Orthello


William Shakespeare Quotes about Death

“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 Ceasar


“To die:—to sleep:

No more; and, by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks.”

– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“He that cuts off twenty years of life

Cuts off so many years of fearing death.”

– William Shakespeare, Julius Cesar


“Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay;

The worst is death, and death will have his day.”

– William Shakespeare,  Richard II

“Ah, what a sign it is of evil life,

Where death’s approach is seen so terrible!”

– William Shakespeare, Henry V


“If I must die

I will encounter darkness as a bride,

And hug it in mine arms.Measure for Measure.”

– William Shakespeare


William Shakespeare Quotes about Greatness

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness,

and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”

– William Shakespeare, Twelth Night

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

– William Shakespeare, Henry IV


William Shakespeare Quotes about Life

“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.

As You Like It

To be or not to be, that is the question.”

– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“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

“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


“Good night, good night!

parting is such sweet sorrow,

That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

– William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet


William Shakespeare Quotes about Love

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,

And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.”

– William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream


“Where love is great,

 the littlest doubts are fear;

When little fears grow great,

great love grows there.”

– William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Doubt thou the stars are fire.

Doubt that the sun doth move.

Doubt truth to be a liar.

But never doubt my love.”

– William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Friendship is constant in all other things

Save in the office and affairs of love:

Therefore, all hearts in love use their own tongues;

Let every eye negotiate for itself

And trust no agent.”

– William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“If music be the food of love, play on.”

– William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


William Shakespeare Quotes about Time

“Time’s glory is to calm contending kings,

To unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.

Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.”

– William Shakespeare, Macbeth


“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,

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


William Shakespeare Quotes about Truth

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,

By any other name would smell as sweet.”

– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“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


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