William Shakespeare Quotes

William Shakespeare Quotes

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Quotes By William Shakespeare

“Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.”

“Love is too young to know what conscience is.”

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

“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?”

“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.”

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

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them

“Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?”

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

“Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?”

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

“The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.”

“Full fathom five thy father lies, of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fade, but doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange.”

“O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.”

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”

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

“A man can die but once.”

“What is past is prologue.”

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

“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.”

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

Beware the Ides of March.

“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.”

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

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

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

“Listen to many, speak to a few.”

“Get thee to a nunnery.”

“When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.”

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

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

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

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

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

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

“What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!”

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”

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

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

“If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.”

“When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”

“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.”

“As merry as the day is long.”

“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.”

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

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

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

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

“Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”

“By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap to pluck bright honor from the pale-faced moon, or dive into the bottom of the deep, where fathom-line could never touch the ground, and pluck up drowned honor by the locks.”

“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”

“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.”

“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”

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

“A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.”

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

“There is no darkness but ignorance.”

“They do not love that do not show their love.”

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

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

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

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

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

William Shakespeare Quotes

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

“I am a man more sinned against than sinning.”

“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”

“By that sin fell the angels.”

“If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.”

“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”

“I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!”

“The love of heaven makes one heavenly.”

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

“I must be cruel, only to be kind.”

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”

“Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.”

“Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.”

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

William Shakespeare Quotes

“Women may fall when there's no strength in men.”

“Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.”

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”

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

“I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.”

“To do a great right do a little wrong.”

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

“Such as we are made of, such we be.”

“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.”

“Nothing can come of nothing.”

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

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

“The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company.”

“We have seen better days.”

“Lawless are they that make their wills their law.”

“All that glitters is not gold.”

“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.”

“It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.”

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.”

“I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.”

“But men are men; the best sometimes forget.”

“Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.”

“I bear a charmed life.”

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.”

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

“Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

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

“False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”

“Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.”

“Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.”

“Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.”

“Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.”

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

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

“He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.”

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

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

“Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.”

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces.”

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

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”

“Give thy thoughts no tongue.”

“As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.”

“I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.”

“And why not death rather than living torment? To die is to be banish'd from myself; And Silvia is myself: banish'd from her Is self from self: a deadly banishment!”

“This is very midsummer madness.”

“Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.”

“I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.”

“I say there is no darkness but ignorance.”

“The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

“Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.”

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.”

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.”

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

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

“Speak low, if you speak love.”

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

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

“In a false quarrel there is no true valor.”

“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.”

“Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.”

“The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.”

“Now is the winter of our discontent.”

“They say miracles are past.”

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

“It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.”

“A horse! A horse! my kingdom for a horse!”

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

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

“The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.”

“There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.”

“The attempt and not the deed confounds us.”

“There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.”

“Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.”

“He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.”

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

“There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.”

“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”

“Boldness be my friend.”

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

“Having nothing, nothing can he lose.”

“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”

“This above all; to thine own self be true.”

“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.”

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

“O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.”

“I am not bound to please thee with my answer.”

“Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.”

“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.”

“Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.”

“Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!”

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

“There's place and means for every man alive.”

“Royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle…This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”

“Men shut their doors against a setting sun.”

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

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.”

“Farewell, fair cruelty.”

“Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.”

“O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!”

“What's done can't be undone.”

“what a goodly outside falsehood hath!”

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

“In time we hate that which we often fear.”

“Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.”

“But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.”

“If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.”

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

“Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.”

“Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.”

“Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.”

“Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.”

“There's many a man has more hair than wit.”

“There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered.”

“Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?”

“An overflow of good converts to bad.”

“I will praise any man that will praise me.”

“I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture.”

“Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!”

“The valiant never taste of death but once.”

“Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.”

“If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.”

“Let no such man be trusted.”

“Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.”

“God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.”

“Men's vows are women's traitors!”

“How well he's read, to reason against reading!”

“Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.”

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

“Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.”

“Death is a fearful thing.”

“Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!”

“The wheel is come full circle.”

“Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.”

“For my part, it was Greek to me.”

“He doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus; and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves dishonourable graves.”

“Had I but followed the arts!”

“The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne, burn’d on the water.”

“So foul and fair a day I have not seen.”

“For I can raise no money by vile means.”

“Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?”

“Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above.”

“Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.”

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

“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.”

“Lies the head that wears the crown.”

“Off with his head!”

“Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?”

“I dote on his very absence.”

“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”

“My pride fell with my fortunes.”

“Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.”

“How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!”

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”

“I was adored once too.”

“He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.”

“Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear.”

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