280 Great Quotes By William Shakespeare That Will Make You Fall In Love With Life All Over Again
Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, also considered the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Remembered as the "Bard of Avon”, he left behind a rich literary legacy consisting of several poems, sonnets, and plays. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and have maintained their popularity over the past several centuries. His comedies, tragedies, and histories are considered some of the finest works in the English language. Even today, his plays remain highly popular and have been repeatedly adapted and rediscovered by new literary and performance movements. Loved all over the world, his works are often reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts. The rich legacy this great writer left behind includes some highly meaningful quotes that are sure to make you ponder. This collection of quotes by William Shakespeare is sure to make you laugh, cry, and view life with a new perspective!
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. No legacy is so rich as honesty. When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. 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? 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. Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. This above all; to thine own self be true. It is a wise father that knows his own child. I say there is no darkness but ignorance. Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains. This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is 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. Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course. The empty vessel makes the loudest sound. My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy. Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent. Pleasure and action make the hours seem short. Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end. Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. I must be cruel, only to be kind. To be, or not to be, that is the question. Nothing can come of nothing. Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge. Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. False face must hide what the false heart doth know. Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself. Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds. No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing. What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind. What's done can't be undone. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief. But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head. What is past is prologue. Neither a borrower nor a lender be. Death is a fearful thing. Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair. Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer. The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired. My pride fell with my fortunes. There is no darkness but ignorance. Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me. Lawless are they that make their wills their law. What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god. O, had I but followed the arts! Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing. There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face. Give thy thoughts no tongue. The love of heaven makes one heavenly. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice. I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire. Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered. If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me. Desire of having is the sin of covetousness. We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone. Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time. Time and the hour run through the roughest day. Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart. I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one. 'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after. And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall. When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain. In a false quarrel there is no true valor. 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. Love is too young to know what conscience is. And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion. The wheel is come full circle. Now is the winter of our discontent. Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving. Thou know'st the first time that we smell the air we wawl and cry. When we are born we cry, that we are come to this great state of fools. Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds. A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser. Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt. I like not fair terms and a villain's mind. The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns. Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear. Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. 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. To do a great right do a little wrong.
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child! As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.