William Shakespeare quotes

William Shakespeare Quotes

“Listen to many, speak to a few.”


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


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


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


“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”


“Some are born great, others achieve greatness.”


“Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”


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


“I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.”


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


“Nothing is so common as the desire to be remarkable.”


“My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.”


“Et tu, Brute?”


“Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.”


“What’s done cannot be undone.”


“Never play with the feelings of others. Because you may win the game but the risk is that you will surely lose the person for a life time.”


“All the world’s a stage.”


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


“These violent delights have violent ends.”


“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”


“Who is it that can tell me who I am?”


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


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


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


“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”


“All’s well if all ends well.”


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


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


“The golden age is before us, not behind us.”


“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.”


“If you love and get hurt, love more. If you love more and hurt more, love even more. If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more…”


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


“I defy you, stars.”


“Presume not that I am the thing I was.”


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


“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.”


“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”


“The rest, is silence.”


“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”


“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.”


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


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


“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”


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


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


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


“Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.”


“The prince of darkness is a gentleman!”


“Words, words, words.”


“Like madness is the glory of life.”


“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”


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


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


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


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


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


“Me, poor man, my library was dukedom large enough.”


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


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


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


“All days are nights to see till I see thee, And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.”


“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”


“There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the floud, leads on to fortune ommitted, all the voyage of their lives are bound in shallows and in miseries.”


“Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.”


“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”


“O, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd! She was a vixen when she went to school; And though she be but little, she is fierce.”


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


“These violent delights have violent ends And in their triump die, like fire and powder Which, as they kiss, consume.”


“I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.”


“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”


“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.”


“There was a star danced, and under that was I born.”


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


“Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?”


“For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds.”


“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”


“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.”


“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.”


“I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?”


“O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in’t!”


“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”


“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.”


“If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here While these visions did appear.”


“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”


“I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more, is none.”


“I despised my arrival on this earth and I despise my departure; it is a tragedy.”


“So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”


“Women may fall when there’s no strength in men. Act II.”


“I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.”


“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends.”


“The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.”


“But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”


“Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.”


“Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”


“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever,- One foot in sea and one on shore, To one thing constant never.”


“O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death!”


“Sweets to the sweet.”


“Absence from those we love is self from self – a deadly banishment.”


“The breaking of so great a thing should make A greater crack: the round world Should have shook lions into civil streets, And citizens to their dens.”


“A glooming peace this morning with it brings; The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head: Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished: For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

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