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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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