Top 25 Famous Quotes of William Shakespeare

Top 25 Famous Quotes of William Shakespeare

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Top 25 Famous Quotes of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest dramatist and writer in English literature. He was born on 26 April 1564 and died on 23 April 1616. He is also called the Bard of Avon. He wrote 39 plays, 154 sonnets, three long narrative poems, a few other verses, etc. His words are timeless, even though they were written over 400 years ago. The beauty, everyday truths, and wisdom of some Shakespeare quotes make them well known.
We often feel about Shakespeare’s quotes as the wise Bard is saying to us.

Here are 25 Shakespeare famous quotes that have become legends (in no particular order):


To be, or not to be: that is the question.

                                                                                 (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1)


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, Act 2, Scene 7)


All that glitters is not gold.

            (The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 7)


Cowards die many times before their deaths;

The valiant never taste of death but once.

                                                                                        (Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene 2)


Brevity is the soul of wit.

                                     (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2)


The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.

                                                                                                    (Measure for Measure:: Act 3, Scene 1)


What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet…

                                                                                (Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 2)


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

                                                                                                                                              (Twelfth Night: Act 2, Scene 5)


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

                                                                                                                                                                         (The Tempest: Act 4, Scene 1)


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

                                                                                                                                                     (Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2)        


Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth fear each bush an officer.

                                                                                                                                                                    (King Lear: Act 4, Scene 3)


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

                                                                                                                                                   (Romeo and Juliet)


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

                                                                                                                                                         (The Passionate Pilgrim)


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

                                                                                                                              (Hamlet: Act 4, Scene 5)


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

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

                                                                         (A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1, scene 1)


Our doubts are traitors,

and make us lose the good we oft might win,

by fearing to attempt.

                                                                                                       (Measure for Measure)


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                 (As You Like It)


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

                                                                            (All’s Well That Ends Well)


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

                                                                                                                                                        (The Passionate Pilgrim)


What’s done cannot be undone.

                                                       (Macbeth: Act 5, scene 1)


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.

                                                                                                                                                                              (Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5)


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

                                                                                                                                                                (King Lear: Act 4, scene 1)


Nothing will come of nothing.

(King Lear: Act 1, Scene 1)


Love is blind

and lovers cannot see

the pretty follies

that themselves commit.

             (Merchant of Venice : Act 2, Scene 6)


There’s small choice in rotten apples.

                                                (The Taming of the Shrew : Act 1, Scene 1)



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