William Shakespeare Quotes (198) Spiritual Sayings

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About the Author: William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including
some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, two epitaphs on a man named John Combe, one epitaph on Elias James, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. See website for more info - http://www.william-shakespeare.info/

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
― William Shakespeare, As You Like It


“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
― William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well


“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“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.”
― William Shakespeare


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


“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.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“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


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


“I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!”
― William Shakespeare


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


“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar


“Time is very slow for those who wait
Very fast for those who are scared
very long for those who lament
Very short for those who celebrate
But for those who love time is eternal”
― William Shakespeare


“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.”
― William Shakespeare


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


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


“You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice


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


“Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar


“My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.”
― William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest


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


“My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy.”
― William Shakespeare


“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.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“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


“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.”
― William Shakespeare


“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
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.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


“All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice


“thus with a kiss I die”
― William Shakespeare


“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“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...”
― William Shakespeare


“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.”
― William Shakespeare, Great Sonnets


“Dispute not with her: she is lunatic.”
― William Shakespeare, Richard III


“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“To die, to sleep -
To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And too often is his gold complexion dimm'd:
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By chance or natures changing course untrimm'd;
By thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets


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


“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.”
― William Shakespeare


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


“Presume not that I am the thing I was.”
― William Shakespeare


“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
― William Shakespeare


“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
― William Shakespeare


“Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,-
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is! (Act 1, scene 1)”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


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


“The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.”
― William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 2


“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I'll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind.”
― William Shakespeare


“I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,
heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is?

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, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.”
― William Shakespeare


“Don't waste your love on somebody, who doesn't value it.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. (Act 4, Scene 1)”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


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


“Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“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 Shakespeare, Julius Caesar


“The object of Art is to give life a shape.”
― William Shakespeare


“And yet,to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“Listen to many, speak to a few.”
― William Shakespeare


“Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak.”
― William Shakespeare, As You Like It


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


“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


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


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


“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“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!”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


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


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


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


“In time we hate that which we often fear.”
― William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra


“I can see he's not in your good books,' said the messenger.
'No, and if he were I would burn my library.”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
“Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest


“Sweets to the sweet.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“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 bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken."
(Sonnet 116)”
― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets


“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.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Some are born great, others achieve greatness.”
― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


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


“Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“Love is the greatest of dreams, yet the worst of nightmares.”
― William Shakespeare


“Et tu, Brute?”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar


“Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
Give me my Romeo; and, when I 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...”
― William Shakespeare


“Be great in act, as you have been in thought. ”
― William Shakespeare


“All's well if all ends well.”
― William Shakespeare


“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“What's past is prologue.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest


“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. ”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“So wise so young, they say, do never live long.”
― William Shakespeare, Richard III


“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“Women may fall when there's no strength in men.
Act II”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.”
― William Shakespeare


“When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. ”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Me, poor man, my library
Was dukedom large enough.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest


“What's done cannot be undone.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


“[Thine] face is not worth sunburning.”
― William Shakespeare, Henry V


“He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. He that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
O that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“I love thee, I love thee with a love that shall not die. Till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.”
― William Shakespeare


“When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.”
― William Shakespeare


“[Thou] mad mustachio purple-hued maltworms!”
― William Shakespeare, Henry IV: Part 1


“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice


“From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
― William Shakespeare, Henry V


“He that is thy friend indeed,
He will help thee in thy need:
If thou sorrow, he will weep;
If thou wake, he cannot sleep:
Thus of every grief in heart
He with thee does bear a part.
These are certain signs to know
Faithful friend from flattering foe.”
― William Shakespeare


“Nothing will come of nothing: speak again.”
― William Shakespeare, King Lear


“I do love nothing in the world so well as you- is not that strange?”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“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)”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar


“My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red, than her lips red:
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.”
― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets


“There's an old saying that applies to me: you can't lose a game if you don't play the game. (Act 1, scene 4)”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“You are a lover. Borrow Cupid's wings
and soar with them above a common bound.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“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!”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


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


“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“O teach me how I should forget to think (1.1.224)”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar


“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


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


“Exit, pursued by a bear.”
― William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale


“I defy you, stars.”
― William Shakespeare


“This above all, to thine own self be true.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


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


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


“Honesty is the best policy.”
― William Shakespeare


“Life ... is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


“Men in rage strike those that wish them best.”
― William Shakespeare


“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“Beware the ides of March.”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar


“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.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“A young woman in love always looks like patience on a monument smiling at grief”
― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


“No, no, I am but shadow of myself:
You are deceived, my substance is not here;”
“People’s good deeds we write in water. The evil deeds are etched in brass.”
― William Shakespeare


“Out of my sight! Thou dost infect mine eyes.”
― William Shakespeare, Richard III


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


“Thou art a very ragged Wart.”
― William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2


“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“Are you sure/That we are awake? It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


“Like madness is the glory of life.”
― William Shakespeare


“My soul is in the sky.”
― William Shakespeare


“O Sleep, O Gentle Sleep, Natures Soft Nurse, How Have I Frightend Thee, That Thou No More Wilt Weigh my Eye-Lids Down And Steep My Senses In Forgetfulness?”
― William Shakespeare


“The robb'd that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.”
― William Shakespeare, Othello


“Oh, I am fortune's fool!”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“If music be the food of love, play on.”
― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


“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.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“Words, words, words.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“For which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“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.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong
Hark! now I hear them,—Ding-dong, bell.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest


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


“Out, out brief candle, life is but a walking shadow...a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. ”
― William Shakespeare


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


“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”
― William Shakespeare, King Lear


“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.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
― William Shakespeare, Othello


“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
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,
So let it be with Caesar ... The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answered it ...
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest,
(For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all; all honourable men)
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral ...
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man….
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
O judgement! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason…. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar


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


“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. 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! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne'er be younger.”
― William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


“Absence from those we love is self from self - a deadly banishment.”
― William Shakespeare


“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”
― William Shakespeare


“Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
O any thing, of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”
― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


“To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Peace? I hate the word as I hate hell and all Montagues.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“These violent delights have violent ends.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more, is none”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


“There's small choice in rotten apples.”
― William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


“To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“I wish my horse had the speed of your tongue.”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest


“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest


“In black ink my love may still shine bright.”
― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets


“There are three people in yourself:Who people think you are, Who you think you are, and who you really are.”
― William Shakespeare


“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!
The beauty of the world!
The paragon of animals!
And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“Silence is the perfectest herault of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much.”
― William Shakespeare


“The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice


“Love's stories written in love's richest books.
To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


“Under loves heavy burden do I sink.
--Romeo”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


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


“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 would not change it.”
― William Shakespeare


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


“For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds.”
― William Shakespeare, The Sonnets


“Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.”
― William Shakespeare, As You Like It


“Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted: and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none.

Beatrice: A dear happiness to women: they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me. -Much Ado About Nothing”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“There was a star danced, and under that was I born. ”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


“True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air,
And more inconstant than the wind, who woos
Even now the frozen bosom of the north,
And, being anger'd, puffs away from thence,
Turning his side to the dew-dropping south.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?
Polonius: By the mass, and ‘tis like a camel, indeed.
Hanlet: Methinks it is like a weasel.
Polonius: It is backed like a weasel.
Hamlet: Or like a whale?
Polonius: Very like a whale.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


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


“And thus I clothe my naked villany
With odd old ends stolen out of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.”
― William Shakespeare, Richard III


“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”
― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets


“For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright,
Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.”
― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets


“Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know. ”
― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure


“Well, in that hit you miss. She'll not be hit
With Cupid's arrow. She hath Dian's wit,
And, in strong proff of chastity well armed,
From Love's weak childish bow she lives uncharmed.
She will not stay the siege of loving terms,
Nor bide th' encounter of assailing eyes,
Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold.
O, she is rich in beauty; only poor
That, when she dies, with dies her store.
Act 1,Scene 1, lines 180-197”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ”
― William Shakespeare, Henry V


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