Best quotes by the English Dramatist William Shakespeare

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

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
  • Future

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
  • Friends

Our bodies are our gardens... our wills are our gardeners.
  • will



Expectation is the root of all heartache.
  • expectation

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
  • future

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
  • Punctuality

Love all, but trust a few.
  • Trust

The course of true love never did run smooth.
  • Fight

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

People usually are the happiest at home.
  • Home

Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
  • Sin

All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
  • Death

This above all; to thine own self be true.
  • true

Don't trust the person who has broken faith once.
  • Trust

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

For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
  • Ethics

Journeys end in lovers meeting.
  • Travel

O mischief, thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men!
  • Temptation

Own more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.
  • Knowledge

The devil has the power to assume a pleasing shape.
  • Evil

Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.
  • Friends

There is no darkness but ignorance.
  • darkness

God had given you one face, and you make yourself another. Hamlet
  • Face

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

While you live tell the truth and shame the devil.
  • Truth

The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. Measure For Measure
  • Fools

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
  • Sin

Lord, what fools these mortals be.
  • Fools

To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.
  • Success


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William Shakespeare love quotes

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

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

But love is blind, and lovers cannot see What petty follies they themselves commit
  • Love

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

We that are true lovers run into strange capers.
  • Love

Love is too young to know what conscience is.
  • Love

Love bears it out even to the edge of doom.
  • Love

When love begins to sicken and decay it uses an enforced ceremony. Julius Caesar
  • Love

To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.
  • Love

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.
  • alteration

If music be the food of love, play on.
  • music

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

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
  • food

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love... 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet...
  • Love

They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
  • Love

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers eyes. Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall and a preserving sweet.
  • Love

She's gone. I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her.
  • Love

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

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
  • love

Absence from those we love is self from self - a deadly banishment.
  • absence

The love of heaven makes one heavenly.
  • heaven

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

They do not love that do not show their love.
  • love

Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
  • infatuation

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father refuse thy name, thou art thyself thou not a montegue, what is montegue? tis nor hand nor foot nor any other part belonging to a man What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, So Romeo would were he not Romeo called retain such dear perfection to which he owes without that title, Romeo, Doth thy name! And for that name which is no part of thee, take all thyself.
  • love

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

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand'ring barque, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
  • love

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

O serpent heart hid with a flowering face! Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave? Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest - A dammed saint, an honourable villain!
  • death

Sweets to the sweet.
  • death

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William Shakespeare death quotes

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All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
  • Death

Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.
  • Death

I care not, a man can die but once; we owe God and death.
  • Death

Men must endure, their going hence even as their coming hither. Ripeness is all.
  • Death

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to heaven.
  • Death

But I will be a bridegroom in my death, and run into a lover's bed.
  • Death

After life's fitful fever he sleeps well. Treason has done his worst. Nor steel nor poison, malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing can touch him further.
  • Death

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
  • Death

The weariest and most loathed worldly life, that age, ache, penury and imprisonment can lay on nature is a paradise, to what we fear of death.
  • Death

The undiscovered country form whose born no traveler returns. Hamlet
  • Death

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

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

The valiant never taste of death but once.
  • death

When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.
  • death

Of all the wonders that I have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come. (Act II, Scene 2)
  • death

O serpent heart hid with a flowering face! Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave? Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest - A dammed saint, an honourable villain!
  • death

Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that does fade, But does suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange. Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong Hark! now I hear them,—Ding-dong, bell.
  • death

Sweets to the sweet.
  • death

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William Shakespeare shakespeare quotes

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Et tu, Brute?
  • betrayal

Conscience does make cowards of us all.
  • shakespeare

All's well if all ends well.
  • shakespeare

Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words. Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord? Hamlet: Between who? Lord Polonius: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.
  • hamlet

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

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

They lie deadly that tell you have good faces.
  • insults

Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once.
  • insults

You are thought here to the most senseless and fit man for the job.
  • insults

You speak an infinite deal of nothing.
  • insults

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand'ring barque, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
  • love

O serpent heart hid with a flowering face! Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave? Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest - A dammed saint, an honourable villain!
  • death

Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
  • william

Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.
  • haste

Sweets to the sweet.
  • death

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William Shakespeare life quotes

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

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.
  • Life

Simply the thing I am shall make me live.
  • Life

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.
  • Life

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard no more: it is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing.
  • Life

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

I bear a charmed life.
  • bear

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.
  • life

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

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William Shakespeare words quotes

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

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain
  • Words

It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
  • Words

Come, let's have one other gaudy night. Call to me. All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more. Let's mock the midnight bell.
  • Last

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

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

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

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
  • heaven

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I do desire we may be better strangers.
  • Strangers

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
  • Royalty

My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.
  • Contentment

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. Hamlet
  • Insanity



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

When we are born we cry that we are come.. to this great stage of fools.
  • Birth

Discretion is the better part of valour.
  • Bravery

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
  • Character

When you fear a foe, fear crushes your strength; and this weakness gives strength to your opponents.
  • Competition

Nothing will come of nothing.
  • Results

Make not your thoughts you prisons.
  • Thought

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

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

For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.
  • Philosophy

Strong reasons make strong actions.
  • Reason

'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
  • Cooking

Words pay no debts.
  • Debt

Death makes no conquest of this conqueror: For now he lives in fame, though not in life.
  • Fame

But thy eternal summer shall not fade.
  • Immortality

The world must be peopled. When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.
  • Marriage

Pain pays the income of each precious thing.
  • Pain

Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.
  • Storytelling

To be wise and love exceeds man's might.
  • Wisdom

Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.
  • Worry

Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
  • Actions

That's a valiant flea that dares eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
  • Bravery

What stronger breastplate than a heart untainted. Henry Iv
  • Heart

By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too.
  • Medicine

But screw your courage to the sticking-place and we'll not fail.
  • Bravery

Conscience does make cowards of us all.
  • Conscience

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

Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
  • Envy

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

But love is blind, and lovers cannot see What petty follies they themselves commit
  • Love

How excellent it is to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use like a giant.
  • Strength

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
  • anarchy

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.
  • Children

He does me double wrongThat wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue.
  • Flattery

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

The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.
  • Risk

She's beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is a woman, therefore to be won.
  • Seduction

I dare to do all that may become a man: who dares do more is none.
  • Bravery

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

Such as we are made of, such we be.
  • Fate

Sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
  • Knowledge

Every good servant does not all commands.
  • Obedience

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

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
  • Absence

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

As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
  • Ambition

Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.
  • Death

And oftentimes excusing of a fault does make the fault the worse by the excuse.
  • Excuses

The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.
  • Family

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings.
  • Fate

Fearless minds climb soonest into crowns.
  • Fear

Patch grief with proverbs.
  • Grief

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.
  • Hate

Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.
  • Honesty

He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
  • Humor

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.
  • Life

Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.
  • Loss

Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done.
  • Past

Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
  • Perfection

Lord we may know what we are, but know not what we may be.
  • Potential

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.
  • Welfare

Most dangerous is that temptation that does goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
  • dangerous

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

Things won are done, joys soul lies in the doing.

I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.
  • Advice

The object of art is to give life a shape. Midsummer Nights Dream
  • Art

O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
  • Control

Thought are but dreams till their effects are tried.
  • Dreams

Nothing can come of nothing.
  • Effort

For precious friends hid in death's dateless night.
  • Grief

The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.
  • Hope

Give every man your ear, but few thy voice. Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. Hamlet
  • Listening

We that are true lovers run into strange capers.
  • Love

'Tis the mind that makes the body rich.
  • Mind

For we which now behold these present days have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.
  • Modern

A miser grows rich by seeming poor. An extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
  • Money

What we determine we often break. Purpose is but the slave to memory.
  • Purpose

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
  • Religion

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?
  • Revenge

What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?
  • Sleep

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. Hamlet
  • Smile

I do not much dislike the matter, but the manner of his speech.
  • Style

Then is it sin to rush into the secret house of death. Ere death dare come to us?
  • Suicide

There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
  • Thought

I am in bloodSteppd in so far that, should I wade no more,Returning were as tedious as go oer.

The first thing we do, lets kill all the lawyers.

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
  • Argument

He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.
  • Birth

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
  • Competition

A gentleman that loves to hear himself talk, will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.
  • Confidence

I care not, a man can die but once; we owe God and death.
  • Death

He that dies pays all his debts.
  • Debt

Thou seest I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty.
  • Diets

The best safety lies in fear.
  • Fear

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good dead in a naughty world.
  • Goodness

Oppose not rage while rage is in its force, but give it way a while and let it waste.
  • Hate

Love is too young to know what conscience is.
  • Love

Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my King, He would not in mine age have left me naked to mine enemies.
  • Loyalty

O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven! Keep me in temper. I would not be mad.
  • Madness

Men's faults to themselves seldom appear.
  • Mistakes

I am a kind of burr; I shall stick.
  • Persistence

A politician is one that would circumvent God.
  • Politics

Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.
  • Procrastination

In delay there lies no plenty.
  • Procrastination

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
  • Sadness

I am a man more sinned against than sinning.
  • Sin

A smile cures the wounding of a frown.
  • Smile

God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
  • Women

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain
  • Words

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

Youth is full of 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, and age is tame.
  • Age

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
  • Ambition

He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man
  • Ambition

He that is well paid is well satisfied.
  • Contentment

I have full cause of weeping, but this heart shall break into a hundred thousand flaws or ere I'll weep.
  • Crying

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
  • Doubt


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