500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor. He wrote 39 plays (with about half of them considered comedies) and two long poems in his lifetime. He lived in Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, England. His plays are still performed today. He is often quoted in modern writing. By 1594 he was an actor in The Chamberlain’s Men acting company. His plays are of different kinds, or genres. There are histories, tragedies and comedies. These plays are among the best known in English literature and are studied in schools around the world. Shakespeare wrote his works between about 1590 and 1613. He is considered the first writer who wrote a tragicomedy. (A tragicomedy is a play that mixes comedy and tragedy, with a happy ending.) Shakespeare’s plays are written in poetic language. Many of the plays are set in strange, distant places and times. They are still popular today. The stories are often exciting, very funny (in the comedies), or very sad (in the tragedies) and make people want to know what happens to his characters. He says much about things that are still important today, like love, sadness, hope, pride, hatred, jealousy, and foolishness. Shakespeare added new words and phrases to the English language. He also made some words more popular. He created over 1,700 English words. We bring you the compilation of the best William Shakespeare Quotes, hope you like it.

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500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.— William Shakespeare

I am as poor as Job, my lord, but not so patient. -William Shakespeare

He that doth the ravens feed. Yea, providently caters for the sparrow. Be comfort to my age! -William Shakespeare

So may he rest, his faults lie gently on him— William Shakespeare

There is a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will. -William Shakespeare

We know what we are, but know not what we may be. -William Shakespeare

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. -William Shakespeare

He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.— William Shakespeare

judgment! thou are fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason! -William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. -William Shakespeare

Help me, Cassius, or I sink! -William Shakespeare

I wish you well and so I take my leave, I Pray you know me when we meet again.— William Shakespeare

Thrice is he arm’d that hath his quarrel just, And he but naked, though lock’d up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. -William Shakespeare

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment. -William Shakespeare

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. -William Shakespeare

He is well paid that is well satisfied. -William Shakespeare

Many strokes, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest-timber’d oak. -William Shakespeare

500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy; For the apparel oft proclaims the man. -William Shakespeare 

Much rain wears the marble. -William Shakespeare

Mine honour is my life both grow in one take honour from me and my life is done. — William Shakespeare

Talkers are no good doers. -William Shakespeare

The earth has music for those who listen.— William Shakespeare

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls Who steals my purse steals trash ’tis something, nothing ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and  has been slave to thousands But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed.— William Shakespeare

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.— William Shakespeare

Although the last, not least.— William Shakespeare, “King Lear”, Act 1 scene 1

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Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo Deny thy father, and refuse thy name…— William Shakespeare

She’s beautiful and therefore to be woo’d: She is a woman, therefore to be won. -William Shakespeare

Why, then the world’s mine oyster Which I with sword will open. -William Shakespeare

Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day. -William Shakespeare

Good night, good night parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.— William Shakespeare

The soul of this man is his clothes. -William Shakespeare

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.— William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 3

Conscience does make cowards of us all. -William Shakespeare

This was the noblest Roman of them all. -William Shakespeare

500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.— William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, Act 3 scene

Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptre sway; It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God’s When mercy seasons justice. -William Shakespeare

A countenance more in sorrow than in anger. -William Shakespeare

When lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.— William Shakespeare, Henry V

The miserable have no medicine but hope. -William Shakespeare 

To take arms against a sea of troubles. -William Shakespeare

In time we hate that which we often  fear.— William Shakespeare

Let your own discretion be your tutor; suit the action to the word, the word to the action. -William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be: For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. -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

This England never did, nor never shall, Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.— William Shakespeare

God befriend us, as our cause is just!  -William Shakespeare

I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.— William Shakespeare

Small to greater matters must give way.— William Shakespeare

A kind Of excellent dumb discourse.— William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 3 scene 3

For Brutus is an honourable man So are they all, all honourable men.— William Shakespeare

Such as we are made of, such we be. -William Shakespeare

500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after. -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

The dreadful dead of dark midnight. -William Shakespeare

Free from gross passion or of mirth or anger constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood, garnish’d and deck’d in modest compliment, not working with the eye without the ear, and but in purged judgement trusting neither Such and so finely bolted didst thou seem.— William Shakespeare

He that dies pays all debts. -William Shakespeare

Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. -William Shakespeare

Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.— William Shakespeare

More in sorrow than in anger. -William Shakespeare 

Et tu, Brute— William Shakespeare

The play’s the thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.— William Shakespeare

For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men. -William Shakespeare

The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept. -William Shakespeare 

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

If all the year were playing holidays To sport would be as tedious as to work. -William Shakespeare

He will give the devil his due. -William Shakespeare

I cannot tell what the dickens his name is. -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

500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

Leave her to heaven And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, To prick and sting her.— William Shakespeare

A politician . . . one that would circumvent God. -William Shakespeare

better than a beast.— William Shakespeare

But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail. -William Shakespeare

When we are born, we cry, that we are come To this great stage of fools.— William Shakespeare

Something is rotten in the state of  Denmark.— William Shakespeare

‘Tis neither here nor there.— William Shakespeare

Strong reasons make strong actions.— William Shakespeare

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words without thoughts never to heaven go. -William Shakespeare

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.— William Shakespeare

Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest — William Shakespeare

And thus I clothe my naked villainy With old odd ends, stol’n forth of holy writ And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.— William Shakespeare

Make use of time, let not advantage slip. -William Shakespeare

Hereafter, in a better world than this, I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.— William Shakespeare

Thieves for their robbery have authority When judges steal themselves. -William Shakespeare

So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.— William Shakespeare

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.— William Shakespeare

500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts. — William Shakespeare

The rest is silence. -William Shakespeare

I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.— William Shakespeare

He that commends me to mine own content Commends me to the thing I cannot get.— William Shakespeare, A Comedy of Errors

I earn that I eat, get that I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man’s happiness; glad of other men’s good, content with my harm. -William Shakespeare

O, I am slain! — William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Polonius says this as Hamlet kills

Excellent wretch Perdition catch my soul, But I do love thee and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.— William Shakespeare

Love sought is good, but given unsought is better. -William Shakespeare 

Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.— William Shakespeare

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But yesterday the word of Caesar might Have stood against the world; now lies he there, And none so poor to do him reverence. -William Shakespeare

Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy. — William Shakespeare

Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head.— William Shakespeare

This was the most unkindest cut of all; For when the noble Caesar saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than traitor’s arm, Quite vanquish’d him; then burst his mighty heart. -William Shakespeare

It is meant that noble minds keep ever with their likes; for who so firm that cannot be seduced.— William Shakespeare

I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true ‘The empty vessel makes the greatest sound’.— William Shakespeare

Pray you now, forget and forgive.— William Shakespeare

A jest’s prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.— William Shakespeare

500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune; Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? -William Shakespeare

I have Immortal longings in me.— William Shakespeare

Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.— William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true. -William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. -William Shakespeare

Lord, what fools these mortals be! -William Shakespeare

We have some salt of our youth in us.— William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 2 scene 3

Time is the king of men. -William Shakespeare 

Men at some time are masters of their fates. -William Shakespeare

Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.— William Shakespeare

He does it with a better grace, but I do it more natural. -William Shakespeare

My crown is called content; a crown it is that seldom kings enjoy. -William Shakespeare

What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And, yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling, you seem to say so. -William Shakespeare

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. -William Shakespeare

Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t. — William Shakespeare

I have no other but a woman’s reason. I think him so because I think him so. -William Shakespeare

And seeing ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. -William Shakespeare

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Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. -William Shakespeare

Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou  Romeo — William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments: love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds.— William Shakespeare, Sonnet cxvi

Let them obey that know not how to rule. -William Shakespeare

I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man. -William Shakespeare

Life is a tale told by an idiot  full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.— William Shakespeare

To die, to sleep To sleep, perchance to dream, ay there’s the rub,For in that sleep   of death what dreams may comeWhen we have shuffled off this mortal coil,Must give us pause there’s the respectThat makes calamity of so long life.— William Shakespeare

Give me that man That is not passion’s slave. -William Shakespeare

Merrily, merrily shall I live now, Under the blossom that hangs on the bough. — William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 5 scene 1

He that is robb’d, not wanting what is stolen, Let him not know ‘t, and he’s not robb’d at all.— William Shakespeare

But, for my own part, it  was Greek to me.— William Shakespeare

God bless thee; and put meekness in thy mind, love, charity, obedience, and true duty!— William Shakespeare

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vex’d a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears: What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall and a preserving sweet. -William Shakespeare

Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing.— William Shakespeare, Sonnet lxxxvii

I shall despair. There is no creature loves me; And if I die no soul will pity me: And wherefore should they, since that I myself Find in myself no pity to myself?— William Shakespeare, Richard III, V.iii

Make use of time, let not advantage slip. -William Shakespeare

Thou art all the comfort, The Gods will diet me with.— William Shakespeare

500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies.— William Shakespeare

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

Death lies on her, like an untimely frost Upon the sweetest flower of all the field. -William Shakespeare

I to myself am dearer than a friend. -William Shakespeare

Taffeta phrases, silken terms precise, Three-piled hyperboles, spruce affectation, Figures pedantically. -William Shakespeare

Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting. -William Shakespeare

If there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt.— William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 1 scene 1

If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work. -William Shakespeare

A very ancient and fishlike smell.— William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 2 scene 2

Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep. -William Shakespeare

I have not slept one wink.— William Shakespeare

Frailty, thy name is woman— William Shakespeare

From this day forward until the end of the world…we in it shall be remembered…we band of brothers.— William Shakespeare, Henry V.

He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.— William Shakespeare

We burn daylight.— William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 1 scene 4

My heart is ever at your service. -William Shakespeare

Alas, poor York! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. -William Shakespeare

500+ William Shakespeare Quotes to know the legend

Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy. -William Shakespeare

To thine own self be true ; And it must follow as the night the day; Thou canst not be false to any man— William Shakespeare

Glory is like a circle in the water, Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, Till by broad spreading it disperses to naught.— William Shakespeare

war! thou son of Hell! -William Shakespeare

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy It is the greeneyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on. — William Shakespeare

gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully. Or if thou think’t I am too quickly won, I’ll frown and be perverse and say thee nay, So thou wilt woo: but else, not for the world. -William Shakespeare

Now I am past all comforts here, but prayer. -William Shakespeare

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all. -William Shakespeare

Happy thou art not; for what thou hast not, still thou strives to get; and what thou hast, forgets. -William Shakespeare

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

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If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound. -William Shakespeare

These blessed candles of the night. -William Shakespeare

Our doubts are traitors,And make us lose the good we oft might winBy fearing to attempt.— William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another. -William Shakespeare

Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.— William Shakespeare

Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth, But the plain single vow that is vow’d true. -William Shakespeare

And since you know you cannot see yourself, so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself, that of yourself which you yet know not of.— William Shakespeare

Things past redress are now with me past care. -William Shakespeare

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The lady doth protest too much, methinks.— William Shakespeare

When holy and devout religious men Are at their beads, ’tis hard to draw them thence So sweet is zealous contemplation.— William Shakespeare

An old man is twice a child. -William Shakespeare

Are you good men and true? -William Shakespeare

Crabbed age and youth cannot live together; Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care; Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather; Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare. Youth is full sport, age’s breath is short; Youth is nimble, age is lame; Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold; Youth is wild, age is tame. Age, I do abhor thee; youth, I do adore thee. -William Shakespeare

Fishes live in the sea, as men do aland; the great ones eat up the little ones.— William Shakespeare

A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!— William Shakespeare, “King Richard III”, Act 5 scene 4

Since Cleopatra died, I have liv’d in such dishonour that the gods Detest my baseness.— William Shakespeare

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everyone else.— William Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis

‘Tis true, ’tis pity; And pity ’tis ’tis true. -William Shakespeare

He is not great who is not greatly good.— William Shakespeare

Come what may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day. -William Shakespeare

There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.— William Shakespeare

My word fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go. -William Shakespeare

He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. -William Shakespeare

There’s a time for all things. -William Shakespeare

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance? -William Shakespeare


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