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William Shakespeare – 118 Quotes

Here is a list of William Shakespeare quotes from his various plays, poems and sonnets.

 

 

 

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age

– William Shakespeare


The golden age is before us, not behind us.

– William Shakespeare


There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.

– William Shakespeare


But men are men the best sometimes forget.

– William Shakespeare


‘Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


Death is a fearful thing.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


The valiant never taste of death but once.

– William Shakespeare


I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!

– William Shakespeare


Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.

– William Shakespeare


Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.

– William Shakespeare


In time we hate that which we often fear.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


If music be the food of love, play on.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

– William Shakespeare


Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

– William Shakespeare


Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.

– 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.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!

– William Shakespeare


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

– 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.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


An overflow of good converts to bad.

– William Shakespeare


Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces.

– William Shakespeare


Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


Well, if Fortune be a woman, she’s a good wench for this gear.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land the great ones eat up the little ones.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.

– William Shakespeare


To do a great right do a little wrong.

– William Shakespeare


There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

– William Shakespeare


The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

– William Shakespeare


Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

– William Shakespeare


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


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

– William Shakespeare


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.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


I bear a charmed life.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


If music be the food of love, play on.

– William Shakespeare


Absence from those we love is self from self – a deadly banishment.

– William Shakespeare


The course of true love never did run smooth.

– William Shakespeare


Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


Speak low, if you speak love.

– William Shakespeare


Love is too young to know what conscience is.

– William Shakespeare


Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

– William Shakespeare


The love of heaven makes one heavenly.

– William Shakespeare


They do not love that do not show their love.

– William Shakespeare


Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

– 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


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.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.

– William Shakespeare


Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land the great ones eat up the little ones.

– William Shakespeare


Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

– William Shakespeare


Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

– William Shakespeare


But men are men the best sometimes forget.

– William Shakespeare


If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.

– William Shakespeare


Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.

– William Shakespeare


If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces.

– William Shakespeare


Men’s vows are women’s traitors!

– William Shakespeare


There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.

– William Shakespeare


Men shut their doors against a setting sun.

– William Shakespeare


Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!

– William Shakespeare


For I can raise no money by vile means.

– William Shakespeare


If music be the food of love, play on.

– William Shakespeare


The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.

– 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.

– William Shakespeare


Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land the great ones eat up the little ones.

– William Shakespeare


One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

– William Shakespeare


A peace is of the nature of a conquest for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

– William Shakespeare


Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

– William Shakespeare


How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

– William Shakespeare


No, I will be the pattern of all patience I will say nothing.

– William Shakespeare


A peace is of the nature of a conquest for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

– William Shakespeare


Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

– William Shakespeare


Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

– William Shakespeare


I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!

– William Shakespeare


I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.

– William Shakespeare


Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


We are time’s subjects, and time bids be gone.

– 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


In time we hate that which we often fear.

– William Shakespeare


I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

– William Shakespeare


If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.

– William Shakespeare


Time and the hour run through the roughest day.

– William Shakespeare


Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

– William Shakespeare


I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!

– William Shakespeare


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

– William Shakespeare


Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.

– William Shakespeare


Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

– 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


Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.

– William Shakespeare


Men’s vows are women’s traitors!

– 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.

– William Shakespeare


When a father gives to his son, both laugh when a son gives to his father, both cry.

– William Shakespeare


It is a wise father that knows his own child.

– William Shakespeare


Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

– William Shakespeare