William Shakespeare Quotes

No legacy is so rich as honesty.
William Shakespeare (All's Well That Ends Well: Act 3, Scene 5, 1605)
To thine own self be true.
William Shakespeare (Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 3, 1609)
The wheel is come full circle: I am here.
William Shakespeare (King Lear: Act 5, Scene 3, 1606)
In time we hate that which we often fear.
William Shakespeare (Antony and Cleopatra: Act 1, Scene 3, 1606)
There is no darkness but ignorance.
William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night: Act 4, Scene 2, 1602)
If music be the food of love play on.
William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night: Act 1, Scene 1, 1602)
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
William Shakespeare (Henry IV: Part 2 Act 3, Scene 1, 1600)
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
William Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida: Act 3, Scene 3, 1609)
Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.
William Shakespeare (Henry VI: Part I, Act 3, Scene 2, 1600)

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice: Act 2, Scene 2, 1605)
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare (Hamlet: Act 4, Scene 5, 1609)
Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done.
William Shakespeare (Macbeth, 1606)
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
William Shakespeare (The Tempest: Act 4, Scene 1, 1611)
Sorrow breaks seasons and reposing hours, Makes the night morning, and the noontide night.
William Shakespeare (Richard III - Act 1, Scene 4, 1592)
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare (Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 5, 1609)
The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar: Act 1, Scene 2, 1599)
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 2, 1599)
Be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night: Act 2, Scene 5, 1602)
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
And therefore is winged cupid painted blind.
William Shakespeare (Midsummer Night’s Dream - Helenas Monologue, 1605)
"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."
William Shakespeare (As You Like It, 1603)
My grief lies all within, And these external manners of lament Are merely shadows to the unseen grief That swells with silence in the tortured soul.
William Shakespeare (Richard II: Act 4, Scene 1, 1597)
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: Act 5, Scene 5, 1606)

William Shakespeare Biography

William Shakespeare portrait

Born: 1564
Died: 1616

William Shakespeare was a English poet, actor and playwright. He has become immortalized through his incredibly influential plays and for his contributions to the English language and overall culture.

Notable Works

Romeo and Juliet
Julius Caesar


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