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


  2. 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.


  3. We know what we are, but know not what we may be.


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

    • future



  5. Our bodies are our gardens... our wills are our gardeners.


  6. Expectation is the root of all heartache.


  7. Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.


  8. The course of true love never did run smooth.


  9. People usually are the happiest at home.


  10. Few love to hear the sins they love to act.


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


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

    • trust

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


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


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


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


  17. Journeys end in lovers meeting.


  18. Own more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.


  19. O mischief, thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men!


  20. The devil has the power to assume a pleasing shape.


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

    • friends

  22. There is no darkness but ignorance.


  23. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

    • sin

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


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


  26. While you live tell the truth and shame the devil.


  27. Fearless minds climb soonest into crowns.


  28. I do desire we may be better strangers.


  29. To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.


  30. Lord, what fools these mortals be.

    • fools



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  1. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about mind

    All things are ready, if our minds be so.


  2. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about inspirational

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


  3. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about love

    Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.


  4. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about wisdom

    Have more than you show, speak less than you know.


  5. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about please

    I am not bound to please thee with my answer.


  6. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about ambition

    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.


  7. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about honesty

    No legacy is so rich as honesty.


  8. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about future

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


  9. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about life

    The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.


  10. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about fierce

    And though she be but little, she is fierce.


  11. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about music

    The earth has music for those who listen.


  12. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about love

    Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.


  13. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about life

    The object of art is to give life shape.


  14. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about mind

    Our doubts are our traitors.


  15. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about hell

    Hell is empty and all the devils are here.


  16. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about expectation

    Expectation is the too of all heartache.


  17. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about love

    When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.


  18. Picture quote by William Shakespeare about wisdom

    Love all, trust few, do wrong to no one


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About William Shakespeare

Name William Shakespeare
About William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as
Quotes 606 quotes
Nationality English
Profession Dramatist
Birthday April 23, 1564
Top topics love, death, shakespeare, life, words

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What are the best love quotes by William Shakespeare?


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

    • trust

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


    Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

    • love

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

    • love

    Love is too young to know what conscience is.

    • love

    We that are true lovers run into strange capers.

    • 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.


    If music be the food of love, play on.


    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.


    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.


    The love of heaven makes one heavenly.


    They do not love that do not show their love.

    • love

    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

    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

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

    • love

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

    • love

    Speak low, if you speak love.

    • love

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What are the best death quotes by William Shakespeare?


    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 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

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

    • death

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

    • death

    Death is a fearful thing.

    • death

    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!


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What are the best shakespeare quotes by William Shakespeare?


    Et tu, Brute?


    All's well if all ends well.


    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.


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


    They lie deadly that tell you have good faces.


    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.


    Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.


    Sweets to the sweet.

    • death

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What are the best life quotes by 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.

    • nature

    Simply the thing I am shall make me live.


    We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep. The Tempest

    • 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.


    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.


    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.

    • life

    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.

    • life

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What are the best words quotes by William Shakespeare?


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


    When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain


    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.


    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.


    Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

    • heaven

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


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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.


Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.


Discretion is the better part of valour.

  • bravery

Make not your thoughts you prisons.




The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.


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


Nothing will come of nothing.


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


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


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

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.


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


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


But thy eternal summer shall not fade.


Strong reasons make strong actions.


Pain pays the income of each precious thing.


Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

  • love

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


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


Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.


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


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


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


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

  • bravery

To be wise and love exceeds man's might.


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

  • bravery

Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.


Words pay no debts.


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


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


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


What stronger breastplate than a heart untainted. Henry Iv

  • heart

Sweets grown common lose their dear delight.

  • knowledge

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


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

  • fear

Conscience does make cowards of us all.


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

  • love

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


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

  • character

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


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

  • bravery

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


Such as we are made of, such we be.


The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.


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


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

  • bereavement

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


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


Every good servant does not all commands.


Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.

  • death

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


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


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


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


He jests at scars that never felt a wound.


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


Thought are but dreams till their effects are tried.


Patch grief with proverbs.


Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.


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


Nothing can come of nothing.


Parting is such sweet sorrow.

  • absence

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

  • ambition

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


What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?


For precious friends hid in death's dateless night.

  • grief

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


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

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

  • art

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


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


The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.


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


'Tis the mind that makes the body rich.


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


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


Love is too young to know what conscience is.

  • love

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


The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.


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


We that are true lovers run into strange capers.

  • love

Nothing can seem foul to those who win.


I am a kind of burr; I shall stick.


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


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


Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.


Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.


He that dies pays all his debts.

  • debt

Men's faults to themselves seldom appear.


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


In delay there lies no plenty.

  • procrastination

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

  • death

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


The best safety lies in fear.

  • fear

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

  • hate

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain

  • words

A smile cures the wounding of a frown.

  • smile

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.

  • competition

A politician is one that would circumvent God.


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

  • birth

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

  • doubt

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


I am a man more sinned against than sinning.

  • sin

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.


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


Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.


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


Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak.


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.


Assume a virtue if you have it not.


Good counselors lack no clients.


Love bears it out even to the edge of doom.

  • love

There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.


Report me and my cause aright.


Nimble thought can jump both sea and land.


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

  • ambition

It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit.


Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

  • ambition

Time is the justice that examines all offenders. As You Like It



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