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A collection of great quotes by William Shakespeare on love, friendship, life and death.

280 Great Quotes By William Shakespeare That Will Make You Fall In Love With Life All Over Again

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer

Born On: April 26, 1564

Died On: April 23, 1616

Born In: Stratford-upon-Avon

Died At Age: 51

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!

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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

William Shakespeare

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

William Shakespeare

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

William Shakespeare

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

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

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

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

William Shakespeare

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

William Shakespeare

This above all; to thine own self be true.

William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

William Shakespeare

I say there is no darkness but ignorance.

William Shakespeare

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

William Shakespeare

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

William Shakespeare

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.

William Shakespeare

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

William Shakespeare

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.

William Shakespeare

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.

William Shakespeare

Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.

William Shakespeare

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

William Shakespeare

Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.

William Shakespeare

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

William Shakespeare

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.

William Shakespeare

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

William Shakespeare

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

William Shakespeare

I must be cruel, only to be kind.

William Shakespeare

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

William Shakespeare

Nothing can come of nothing.

William Shakespeare

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

William Shakespeare

Boldness be my friend.

William Shakespeare

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

William Shakespeare

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

William Shakespeare

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.

William Shakespeare

Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.

William Shakespeare

No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.

William Shakespeare

What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.

William Shakespeare

What's done can't be undone.

William Shakespeare

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.

William Shakespeare

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

William Shakespeare

But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.

William Shakespeare

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

William Shakespeare

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

William Shakespeare

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

William Shakespeare

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

William Shakespeare

What is past is prologue.

William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

William Shakespeare

Death is a fearful thing.

William Shakespeare

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.

William Shakespeare

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

William Shakespeare

He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer.

William Shakespeare

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.

William Shakespeare

My pride fell with my fortunes.

William Shakespeare

There is no darkness but ignorance.

William Shakespeare

Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

William Shakespeare

Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.

William Shakespeare

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.

William Shakespeare

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.

William Shakespeare

O, had I but followed the arts!

William Shakespeare

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.

William Shakespeare

There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.

William Shakespeare

Give thy thoughts no tongue.

William Shakespeare

The love of heaven makes one heavenly.

William Shakespeare

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

William Shakespeare

I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.

William Shakespeare

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

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

Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.

William Shakespeare

We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.

William Shakespeare

Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

William Shakespeare

Time and the hour run through the roughest day.

William Shakespeare

Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.

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

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.

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

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.

William Shakespeare

'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.

William Shakespeare

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.

William Shakespeare

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

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

Love is too young to know what conscience is.

William Shakespeare

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

William Shakespeare

I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.

William Shakespeare

The wheel is come full circle.

William Shakespeare

Now is the winter of our discontent.

William Shakespeare

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.

William Shakespeare

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.

William Shakespeare

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

William Shakespeare

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

William Shakespeare

Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.

William Shakespeare

I like not fair terms and a villain's mind.

William Shakespeare

The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.

William Shakespeare

Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.

William Shakespeare

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

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

To do a great right do a little wrong.

William Shakespeare

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

William Shakespeare

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

William Shakespeare

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

William Shakespeare

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

William Shakespeare

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!

William Shakespeare

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.

William Shakespeare