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William Shakespeare is considered one of the most influential playwrights of all time, and his works have been cherished by generations. Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are a testament to his genius and have left an indelible mark on literature.

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Famous Shakespeare quotes

1. “Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.” — William Shakespeare

2. “What is past is prologue.” — William Shakespeare

Famous William Shakespeare quotes.

3. “I wish my horse had the speed of your tongue.” — William Shakespeare

4. “If we are true to ourselves, we cannot be false to anyone.” — William Shakespeare

5. “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” — William Shakespeare

6. “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” — William Shakespeare

7. “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” — William Shakespeare

8. “Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” — William Shakespeare

9. “Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.” — William Shakespeare

10. “‘Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.” — William Shakespeare

Famous quotes by William Shakespeare.

11. “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” — William Shakespeare

12. “Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it doth singe yourself.” — William Shakespeare

13. “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” — William Shakespeare

14. “Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.” — William Shakespeare

15. “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” — William Shakespeare

16. “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” (Hamlet)

Shakespeare Quotes About Life

Shakespeare quotes about life.

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

18. “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.” (Macbeth)

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

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

21. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” (Julius Caesar)

22. “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” (All’s Well That Ends Well)

William Shakespeare quotes about life.

23. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” (All’s Well That Ends Well)

24. “What’s done can’t be undone.” (Macbeth)

25. “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” (As You Like It)

26. “What a piece of work is 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!” (Hamlet)

27. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” (As You Like It)

28. “True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings.” (Richard III)

Life quotes by William Shakespeare.

29. “To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.” (Henry VIII)

30. “Life … is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Macbeth)

31. “Life every man holds dear; but the dear man Holds honor far more precious dear than life.” (Troilus and Cressida)

William Shakespeare quotes ‘all the world’s a stage.’

32. “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.” (As You Like It)

33. “Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.” (The Winter’s Tale)

34. “This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honor, 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.” (Macbeth)

Life quotes by Shakespeare.

35. “Life is a shuttle.” (The Winter’s Tale)

36. “What’s past is prologue?” (The Tempest)

37. “Life is a journey from birth to death.” (Henry VI Part 2)

38. “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” (Hamlet)

39. “Life is a jest, and all things show it, I thought so once, but now I know it.” (Twelfth Night)

William Shakespeare quotes from ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

40. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

41. “All the troubles of the world seem small when they are compared with the misery of the soul.” (Othello)

42. “When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” (King Lear)

43. “Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” (Julius Caesar)

William Shakespeare Quotes About Love

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44. “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” — William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

45. “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.” — William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

William Shakespeare quotes about love.

46. “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.” — William Shakespeare (Sonnet 116)

47. “So long as I can breathe or I can see, so long lives your love which gives life to me.” — William Shakespeare (Sonnet 13)

48. “Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.” — William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

49. “Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.” — William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)

Shakespeare quotes about love.

50. “I would not wish any companion in the world but you.” — William Shakespeare (The Tempest)

51. “Love goes by haps; Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” — William Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing)

52. “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.” — William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

53. “To be wise and love, exceeds man’s might.” — William Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida)

54. “My love is as a fever, longing still for that which longer nurseth the disease.” — William Shakespeare (Sonnet 147)

55. “Love is too young to know what conscience is.” — William Shakespeare (Sonnet 151)

56. “The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.” — William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

57. “When love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.” — William Shakespeare (Love’s Labour’s Lost)

58. “This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, may prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.” — William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

59. “Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” — William Shakespeare (All’s Well That Ends Well)

60. “I can express no kinder sign of love, than this kind kiss.” — William Shakespeare (Henry VI Part 1)

61. “To be wise and love exceeds man’s might.” — William Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida)

62. “Love goes toward love.” — William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

63. “Love is a spirit all compact of fire.” — William Shakespeare (Venus and Adonis)

64. “I do love nothing in the world so well as you.” — William Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing)

65. “I love you more than words can wield the matter, dearer than eyesight, space and liberty.” — William Shakespeare (King Lear)

Love quotes by William Shakespeare.

66. “I do love thee so, that I will shortly send thy soul to heaven.” — William Shakespeare (The Tempest)

67. “Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” — William Shakespeare (Venus and Adonis)

68. “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” — William Shakespeare

69. “I am one who loved not wisely but too well.” — William Shakespeare (Othello)

70. “Love is not always blind; it can see but it doesn’t mind.” — William Shakespeare (Two Gentlemen of Verona)

71. “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.” — William Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing)

Love quotes by Shakespeare.

72. “Come what may, I will love you until my dying day.” — William Shakespeare (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

William Shakespeare Quotes About Success

73. “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)

74. “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” — William Shakespeare (Measure for Measure)

75. “Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.” — William Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida)

76. “Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.” — William Shakespeare

77. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” — William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

78. “In delay there lies no plenty.” — William Shakespeare (Henry VI, Part 1)

William Shakespeare quotes about success.

79. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

80. “Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.” — William Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing)

81. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” — William Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida)

82. “Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” — William Shakespeare (Othello)

83. “Success in most cases is nothing more than taking advantage of an opportunity.” — William Shakespeare (Measure for Measure)

84. “Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.” — William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

85. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” — William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

86. “Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.” — William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

87. “I am a man more sinned against than sinning.” — William Shakespeare (King Lear)

88. “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” — William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

Shakespeare quotes about success

89. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” — William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

Shakespeare Quotes About Happiness

90. “All’s well that ends well.” — (All’s Well That Ends Well)

91. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — (Twelfth Night)

92. “For she had eyes and chose me.” (Othello)

93. “The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” — (William Saroyan)


94. “The world is full of happy endings.” — (The Merchant of Venice)

95. “True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.” — (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

96. “If music be the food of love, play on.” — (Twelfth Night)

97. “Happiness courts the light, so we must steer clear of darkness.” — (The Tempest)

98. “Thou hast the sweetest face I ever looked on. And I have seen many.” (As You Like It)

99. “My happiness is not happy. It is a fragile thing, and it is in danger.” — (The Winter’s Tale)

100. “Happiness is a word that lies in our own disposition, but sorrow is something we must fight against.” — (Much Ado About Nothing)

101. “Happy are they that hear their detractions and can put them to mending.” — (Much Ado About Nothing)

102. “Happiness is a how, not a what.” — (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

103. “I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” — (As You Like It)

William Shakespeare quotes about happiness.

104. “I am not bound to please thee with my answers.” — (The Merchant of Venice)

105. “Happiness is a warm puppy.” — (The Taming of the Shrew)

106. “The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.” — (Hamlet)

107. “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.” — (Romeo and Juliet)

Inspirational Shakespeare Quotes

108. “The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.” — (Measure for Measure)

109. “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” — (Twelfth Night)

Inspirational Shakespeare quotes.

110. “Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.” — (Cymbeline)

111. “Nothing can come of nothing.” — (King Lear)

112. “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” — (Hamlet)

113. “The earth has music for those who listen.” — (The Merchant of Venice)

114. “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.” — (Hamlet)

115. “When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.” — (Richard II)

116. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — (Hamlet)

Wisdom Quotes By William Shakespeare

117. “All things are ready, if our minds be so.” — (Henry V)

118. “The eyes are the window to your soul.” — (The Merchant of Venice)

Wisdom quotes by William Shakespeare.

119. “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” — (All’s Well That Ends Well)

120. “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” — (Macbeth)

121. “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” — (Henry VI, Part 2)

122. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” — (Romeo and Juliet)

123. “Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” — (Henry VI, Part 2)

124. “The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.” — (Henry V)

William Shakespeare quotes about wisdom.

125. “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.” — (Twelfth Night)

126. “This world is not for aye, nor ’tis not strange / That even our loves should with our fortunes change.” — (Hamlet)

Shakespeare Quotes About Time

127. “I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” — (Richard II)

128. “Time is the old justice that examines all offenders.” — (As You Like It)

129. “Make use of time, let not advantage slip.” — (Venus and Adonis)

Shakespeare quotes about time.

130. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” — (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

131. “Time and the hour run through the roughest day.” — (Macbeth)

132. “The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch, which hurts and is desired.” — (Antony and Cleopatra)

133. “Time travels in divers paces with divers persons.” — (As You Like It)

134. “Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth, and delves the parallels in beauty’s brow.” — (Sonnet 60)

135. “Time’s glory is to calm contending kings, to unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.” — (The Rape of Lucrece)

136. “Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides.” — (King Lear)

137. “I am a feather for each wind that blows.” — (The Comedy of Errors)

138. “Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.” — (Macbeth)

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

140. “Time is a very bankrupt, and owes more than he’s worth to season.” — (The Phoenix and the Turtle)

141. “The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.” — (Twelfth Night)

William Shakespeare quotes about time.

142. “There’s a time for everything.” — (A Winter’s Tale)

143. “Time is the nurse and breeder of all good.” — (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)

William Shakespeare Quotes About Friendship

144. “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts who you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” — (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)

145. “The better part of valor is discretion.” — (Henry IV, Part 1)

146. “Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.” — (Hamlet)

147. “The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.” — (Much Ado About Nothing)

148. “The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.” — (The Merchant of Venice)

149. “My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.” — (Henry VI, Part 3)

150. “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” — (Hamlet)

151. “O, it is excellent to have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.” — (Measure for Measure)

William Shakespeare quotes about friendship.

152. “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.” — (Henry V)

Shakespeare Quotes About Humanity

153. “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!” — (Hamlet)

154. “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport.” — (King Lear)

155. “What’s gone and what’s past help should be past grief.” — (The Winter’s Tale)

156. “The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.” — (The Merchant of Venice)

157. “As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.” — (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)

158. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” — (The Tempest)

Funny Shakespeare Quotes

159. “I do desire we may be better strangers.” — (As You Like It)

160. “I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.” — (As You Like It)

161. “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” — (Macbeth)

162. “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!” — (Romeo and Juliet)

Funny William Shakespeare quotes from plays.

163. “Though I am not naturally honest, I am sometimes so by chance.” — (The Winter’s Tale)

164. “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?” — (The Merchant of Venice)

165. “I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.” — (As You Like It)

166. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” — (Hamlet)

167. “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” — (King Lear)

168. “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun.” — (Sonnet 130)

169. “But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.” — (Julius Caesar)

Short Shakespeare Quotes

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170. “To be, or not to be.” — (Hamlet)

171. “All the world’s a stage.” — (As You Like It)

Short Shakespeare quotes from plays.

172. “Parting is such sweet sorrow.” — (Romeo and Juliet)

173. “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” — (Julius Caesar)

174. “Double, double, toil and trouble.” — (Macbeth)

175. “Love is not love which alters.” — (Sonnet 116)

176. “Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” — (Hamlet)

177. “But love is blind, and lovers cannot see.” — (The Merchant of Venice)

178. “All is well that ends well.” — (All’s Well That Ends Well)

179. “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” — (Richard III)

180. “There is nothing either good or bad.” — (Hamlet)

181. “What’s done is done.” — (Macbeth)

182. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” — (The Tempest)

183. “Out, damned spot!” — (Macbeth)

184. “The quality of mercy is not strained.” — (The Merchant of Venice)

Short William Shakespeare quotes.

185. “To thine own self be true.” — (Hamlet)

186. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose.” — (Romeo and Juliet)

187. “There are more things in heaven and earth.” — (Hamlet)

188. “Now is the winter of our discontent.” — (Richard III)

189. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” — (Hamlet)

Deep Short Quotes By Shakespeare

Deep short quotes by Shakespeare.

190. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars.” — (Julius Caesar)

191. “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” — (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

192. “I would challenge you to a battle of wits.” — (Hamlet)

193. “This above all: to thine ownself be true.” — (Hamlet)

194. “O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon.” — (Romeo and Juliet)

195. “What light through yonder window breaks?” — (Romeo and Juliet)

196. “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is.” — (King Lear)

197. “Cowards die many times before their deaths.” — (Julius Caesar)

198. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness.” — (Twelfth Night)

199. “The world’s mine oyster.” — (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

200. “The miserable have no other medicine.” — (Titus Andronicus)

201. “My heart is ever at your service.” — (The Tempest)

202. “Brevity is the soul of wit.” — (Hamlet)

203. “All that glitters is not gold.” — (The Merchant of Venice)

204. “Nothing will come of nothing.” — (King Lear)

Deep short quotes by William Shakespeare.

205. “Time is a great healer.” — (The Winter’s Tale)

Best Short William Shakespeare Quotes

206. “Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” — William Shakespeare

207. “Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.” — William Shakespeare

Best short William Shakespeare quotes.

208. “Boldness be my friend.” — William Shakespeare

209. “Such as we are made of, such we be.” — William Shakespeare

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

211. “I bear a charmed life.” — William Shakespeare

212. “One may smile, and smile, be a villain.” — William Shakespeare

213. “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.” — William Shakespeare

214. “Thought is free.” — William Shakespeare

215. “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” — William Shakespeare

216. “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” — William Shakespeare

217. “Men should be what they seem.” — William Shakespeare

218. “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.” — William Shakespeare

219. “Speak low, if you speak love.” — William Shakespeare

Best short quotes by William Shakespeare.

220. “My pride fell with my fortunes.” — William Shakespeare

221. “I dote on his very absence.” — William Shakespeare

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

223. “The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?” — William Shakespeare

224. “Love is merely a madness.” — William Shakespeare

225. “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” — William Shakespeare

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Who is William Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare is one of history’s greatest authors. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564.

Despite being raised in a family that lacked formal education, Shakespeare became a remarkable writer, playwright, and poet.

He captured the imagination of his audiences with his early works, such as “Titus Andronicus” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which were known for their engaging plots and captivating characters.

As Shakespeare got older, he got even better. His plays and sonnets are famous for exploring complex themes like love, jealousy, ambition, and betrayal, and for his beautiful language.

William Shakespeare’s most iconic works include “Hamlet,” “Othello,” “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

While there is still much that remains unknown about his life, one thing is certain: Shakespeare’s talent and genius were unparalleled.

His influence can be seen in modern literature, film, and even everyday language, as his words and phrases are still commonly used today.

In fact, William Shakespeare quotes are among the most searched for on the internet, a testament to his enduring popularity and influence.

Final Thoughts

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