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Famous William Shakespeare Quotes and Sayings

Written by QuotesLyfe | Updated on: January 21, 2021


Famous William Shakespeare Quotes and Sayings

In this article, we will find some of the best quotes by William Shakespeare on love, life, success, friendship, time, death, greatness, beauty, and more with meaning.

The greatest dramatist in the world, and the most popular and brilliant writer in English language, William Shakespeare, besides being a playwright and actor, was also a poet. He is also regarded to be England’s national poet.

The theme of his plays revolved around a variety of genres and depicted tragedy, death, love, magic, war, vendetta, and mystery in the most beautiful and exciting way. Some of his best and most famous works are Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, etc. He was also widely known for his sonnets and his great theatre performances.

Thanks to his extensive talents and skills, Shakespeare was also popularly known as “The Bard of Avon”.

Shakespeare’s quotes and sayings have been just as popular as his work, and these live on till date, just like his spirit does in our hearts. Here are some of the best William Shakespeare quotes.

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

It is not in our stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

We are the ones to control what happens with our lives and how, not the stars or God. We hold our fates in our own hands, for it is us who makes every decision that shapes our lives. Every move we make, good or bad, it ultimately becomes our own choice, which is why it is only us, who has a hold over our destinies.

Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.

Hell is empty, and all the devils are here. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

Hell is generally where all the evil and the demons reside. Shakespeare, with this statement, has tried to deliver the message that the world has become such a bad place because of humans, that they themselves are the devils, and because humans reside on Earth, hell is empty.

With war, hatred, disease, pollution, poverty, and other such evils wandering around the world due to the acts of mankind, he has righteously said that the devils reside on Earth and not in hell.

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

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

A coward is someone who spends his life constantly in fear, thereby not being able to live it to the fullest. This is because when we let our inhibitions stop us from doing something, be it anything in life, we let them take a toll on us and kill a part of us that could have seen growth and betterment.

A courageous person, on the other hand, is someone who instead of his/her fears, lets their self-confidence and belief in oneself take over, thereby being able to genuinely enjoy the essence of life. After all, life is all about taking risks.

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

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

Here Shakespeare is talking about the masks that people tend to put on in order to hide their true nature and personalities.

We tend to portray ourselves as someone who we are not, just for the sake of others. Even if someone hides their true self for any other reason, they just should not because then what’s the point? If we keep deceiving people by showing them something that is completely different from what’s underneath it, we aren’t doing justice, not only to them but to ourselves too.

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

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

One should be kind and gentle to everyone, and love people regardless of their gender, race, colour, or caste, for at the end of the day, we all bleed the same, and we all deserve the same respect and love. Therefore, treat people the way you would want to be treated.

But don’t make the mistake of trusting everybody. Although we all deserve love; trust, however, needs to be earned. This is why one should always be greatly cautious of the person in whose hands they are placing their faith and trust in and whether or not they are doing so for the correct reasons.

But that also does not mean that you treat someone badly. You not trusting or believing someone does not grant you the right to be rude to them or do them wrong in any way.

One can always be kind and polite to someone whom they don’t trust, for it only requires you to be a good person and nothing else.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

The course of true love never did run smooth. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

A love that is real and pure will never be easy to endure. It is going to be a destination with a rugged and rocky road, with ups and downs, and many hindrances. But that is the essence of true love, for it is all about whether or not you are able to survive the storm before you get to see the rainbow.

Besides, what good ever comes to anybody easily?

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

Being early is not going to raise a question on your reputation or your time management skills, but being late will dent them. This is why the former is always a better option than the latter.

Punctuality adds up to one’s reputation, as it makes you look professional and serious, and polishes your personality, thereby making it more impressive. Being early thus, will only work in your favour, unlike being late, which will do the exact opposite.

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

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

By comparing the light of a candle to a good deed, Shakespeare talks about the authenticity of the latter. In the way, the flame of even a small candle is more than enough to light up a dark room. Similarly, an act of kindness or that of a good faith, holds much more value than people think it does. In a world full of hatred and crime, even the smallest of good deeds is bound to make a change, and bring light and peace, at least to some extent.

Change, regardless of how huge or tiny it is, still remains change and is always going to be noticeable.

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

We often tend to underestimate people who possess knowledge lesser than us, people who choose to stay silent, and people who we think don’t have any great talents or skills. But it is exactly those people, who will prove everybody wrong and shine the brightest, and fly the highest, for the vessel which is empty, when tested, tends to make the loudest sound, beating the other vessels that were already filled.

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy. 

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.  | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

Through this quote, Shakespeare is talking about the royalty, by which he means feelings of content and satisfaction. He compares those feelings with a luxury as royal as a crown. But often kings who wear crowns, tend to be greedy and are seldom satisfied with the legacy and the kingdom they have a hold of. This is why Shakespeare says that the crown because of which he is happy, the kings only ever are.

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

The power of hatred is so evil, that it tends to get out of hand ad backfire on oneself. This is why, one should always be careful to not get intertwined with hatred, for it will harm you more than it will your enemy. While setting traps for your enemy, make sure you don’t become the victim of it yourself.

What’s done can’t be undone.

What’s done can’t be undone. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

Once something is set in motion, you decide something and act upon it, or any action of yours for that matter; once you do something, there is no undoing it. Just like once you waste time, you don’t get it back, in the same way, once something is done, you cannot take it back or undo it.

Therefore, always think twice before doing anything. And don’t simply think about the short run, keep the future in perspective too while doing something.

Always remember, you are just one step away from making a decision that might change the whole map of your life. So, act wisely.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

Listen to everyone and give them the chance to represent their thoughts and opinions to you. But don’t speak to everyone. Make sure you only present your perspectives and opinions to a chosen few, whom you trust. Always remember that it is alright to listen to people, but not everybody deserves your voice.

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

Running through the course of your life often tends to cost you, for when you run, you don’t realise a lot of things and tend to stumble and trip over obstacles, instead of dealing with them and understanding them. This is why one should be wise, thoughtful, and walk through the roads of life with a rather slow pace, for being fast is not going to do you much good.

And it is even an established fact, that slow and steady wins the race.

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

One is not “poor” if one does not have access to luxuries and wealth, for the real feeling of being rich lies in being content and fulfilled with all that you have. Therefore, someone with less money, but satisfaction for whatever they have, is considered to be richer than someone who possesses prosperity and money but is greedy and never convinced with what they have.

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

When you are at fault or make a mistake, the right thing to do would be to accept it and make sure you don’t let it happen again. But when you know you are at fault, and still don’t take responsibility of it by finding mere excuses to fit the hunger of your ego, that is when those excuses become worse than the mistake for which you made them in the first place.

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

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

It is our minds and our thoughts; it is us who tend to exaggerate the veracity of something by judging it to be good or bad, while in reality, the way we portray things to be, they are not always that way. They only seem to appear in a particular way because our thinking makes them in that way.

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

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

The good deeds that one commences throughout their lives, often tend to disappear in their absence and get buried along with them when they die. As for the bad ones, all the wrongful acts that one indulges in stay for a very long time even after they die, for people will always remember the bad things and never the good ones. So, it is up to you, how you want people to remember you when you are gone, because being  forgotten is better than being loathed.

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

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

Being ignorant and not having access to knowledge and information has to be one of the worst conditions anybody can ever put themselves in. This is why it is said that ignorance is like God’s curse, destructible, whereas through knowledge, we find our way to heaven.

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

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. | Famous Quotes and Sayings by William Shakespeare

Doubts and fears are like traitors, because they never want us to excel and grow in our lives, and always makes us land ourselves into insecurities and trouble.

William Shakespeare Quotes About Love

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

  2. The course of true love never did run smooth.

  3. If music be the food of love, play on.

  4. 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...

  5. Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.

  6. Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.

  7. Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

  8. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

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

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

  11. Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

  12. If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.

  13. I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?

  14. Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.

  15. I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.

  16. I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.

  17. Lovers and madmen have such seething brains Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends.

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

  19. Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.

  20. 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.

  21. I love thee, I love thee with a love that shall not die. Till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.

  22. True love cannot be found where it truly does not exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly does.

  23. 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.

  24. Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.

  25. 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.

  26. Journeys end in lovers meeting, Every wise man’s son doth know.

  27. Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books, But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

  28. I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.

  29. 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.

  30. Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgment taste; Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.

  31. My only love sprung from my only hate.

  32. Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.

  33. They do not love, that do not show their love.

  34. And therefore, – since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, – I am determined to prove a villain, And hate the idle pleasures of these days.

  35. I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell, To die upon the hand I love so well.

  36. See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. O, that I were a glove upon that hand That I might touch that cheek!

  37. No sooner met but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they sighed; no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason; no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage...

  38. Under loves heavy burden do I sink. – Romeo.

  39. You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings and soar with them above a common bound.

  40. So we grew together like to a double cherry, seeming parted, but yet an union in partition, two lovely berries molded on one stem.

  41. If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.

William Shakespeare Quotes About Life

  1. 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.

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

  3. Like madness is the glory of life.

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

  5. 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.

  6. So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

  7. You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal: except my life, except my life, except my life.

William Shakespeare Quotes on Friendship

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

  2. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger.

  3. I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul remembering my good Friends.

  4. 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 Quotes on Time

  1. Never play with the feelings of others. Because you may win the game but the risk is that you will surely lose the person for a life time.

  2. 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.

  3. Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.

  4. In time we hate that which we often fear.

  5. I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. Act V, Scene V.

  6. I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.

  7. Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometime by action dignified.

  8. Your face, my thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters. To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t.

  9. And sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow’s eye, Steal me awhile from mine own company.

  10. I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in.

  11. The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most: we that are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long.

William Shakespeare Quotes on Death

  1. 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!

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

  3. To die, to sleep – To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...

  4. 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.

  5. When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.

  6. Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

  7. These violent delights have violent ends And in their triump die, like fire and powder Which, as they kiss, consume.

  8. Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever,- One foot in sea and one on shore, To one thing constant never.

  9. I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die.

  10. Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.

  11. When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.

  12. Thus I die. Thus, thus, thus. Now I am dead, Now I am fled, My soul is in the sky. Tongue, lose thy light. Moon take thy flight. Now die, die, die, die.

  13. What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living? Beatrice: Is it possible disdain should die while she hath such meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick?

  14. I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes – and moreover, I will go with thee to thy uncle’s.

  15. Is it not strange that sheep’s guts could hail souls out of men’s bodies?

William Shakespeare Quotes on Greatness

  1. Some are born great, others achieve greatness.

  2. Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

Famous William Shakespeare Quotes

  1. Listen to many, speak to a few.

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

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

  4. Expectation is the root of all heartache.

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

  6. I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.

  7. All the world’s a stage.

  8. Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.

  9. What’s done cannot be undone.

  10. Et tu, Brute?

  11. My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.

  12. These violent delights have violent ends.

  13. Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

  14. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

  15. Who is it that can tell me who I am?

  16. I defy you, stars.

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

  18. Though she be but little, she is fierce!

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

  20. All’s well if all ends well.

  21. The golden age is before us, not behind us.

  22. The rest, is silence.

  23. Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.

  24. Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

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

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

  27. This above all: to thine own self be true.

  28. Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

  29. Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.

  30. Presume not that I am the thing I was.

  31. To be or not to be that is the question.

  32. How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

  33. With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

  34. What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.

  35. Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.

  36. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.

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

  38. There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

  39. The prince of darkness is a gentleman!

  40. Words, words, words.

  41. There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the floud, leads on to fortune ommitted, all the voyage of their lives are bound in shallows and in miseries.

  42. God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.

  43. Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.

  44. It is a wise father who knows his own child.

  45. All days are nights to see till I see thee, And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.

  46. I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.

  47. Me, poor man, my library was dukedom large enough.

  48. The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.

  49. I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more, is none.

  50. O, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd! She was a vixen when she went to school; And though she be but little, she is fierce.

  51. My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

  52. Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.

  53. There was a star danced, and under that was I born.

  54. For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

  55. 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.

  56. If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here While these visions did appear.

  57. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

  58. But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

  59. I despised my arrival on this earth and I despise my departure; it is a tragedy.

  60. So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.

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

  62. 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.

  63. The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.

  64. Sweets to the sweet.

  65. 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.

  66. Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.

  67. No legacy is so rich as honesty.

  68. Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!

  69. What’s past is prologue.

  70. The breaking of so great a thing should make A greater crack: the round world Should have shook lions into civil streets, And citizens to their dens.

  71. Brevity is the soul of wit.

  72. All things are ready, if our mind be so.

  73. Be great in act, as you have been in thought.

  74. Lord, what fools these mortals be!

  75. Peace? I hate the word as I hate hell and all Montagues.

  76. Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

  77. O God, I could be bound in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space – were it not that I have bad dreams.

  78. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

  79. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, A goodly apple rotten at the heart. O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

  80. Beware the ides of March.

  81. Discretion is the better part of valor.

  82. Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.

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

  84. God shall be my hope, my stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.

  85. And thus I clothe my naked villainy With odd old ends stol’n out of holy writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.

  86. I am not bound to please thee with my answer.

  87. Some rise by sin, and some by virtues fall.

  88. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

  89. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

  90. I am in blood Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.

  91. As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport.

  92. Men in rage strike those that wish them best.

  93. People’s good deeds we write in water. The evil deeds are etched in brass.

  94. If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.

  95. Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.

  96. 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.

  97. Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus; and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves.

  98. Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.

  99. Oh, I am fortune’s fool!

  100. Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. 

  101. Remember me.

  102. 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 motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

  103. I say there is no darkness but ignorance.

  104. Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne’er be younger.

  105. 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.

  106. One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

  107. But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.

  108. For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.

  109. I am a man more sinned against than sinning.

  110. Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.

  111. For she had eyes and chose me.

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

  113. 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.

  114. Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

  115. My soul is in the sky.

  116. He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

  117. Romeo: I dreamt a dream tonight. Mercutio: And so did I. Romeo: Well, what was yours? Mercutio: That dreamers often lie. Romeo: In bed asleep while they do dream things true.

  118. False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

  119. Up and down, up and down I will lead them up and down I am feared in field in town Goblin, lead them up and down.

  120. There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.

  121. Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.

  122. Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

  123. My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white.

  124. For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.

  125. 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.

  126. O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, 1710. That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness?

  127. No, no, I am but shadow of myself: You are deceived, my substance is not here;.

  128. Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak.

  129. Benvolio: What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours? Romeo: Not having that, which, having, makes them short.

  130. Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.

  131. Dispute not with her: she is lunatic.

  132. Conscience doth make cowards of us all.

  133. Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

  134. Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell. Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace, Yet Grace must still look so.

  135. To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.

  136. Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, in my heart of heart, as I do thee.

  137. There’s small choice in rotten apples.

  138. Yet but three come one more. Two of both kinds make up four. Ere she comes curst and sad. Cupid is a knavish lad. Thus to make poor females mad.

  139. Silence is the perfectest herault of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much.

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

  141. When you depart from me sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave.

  142. Thought is free.

  143. He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.

  144. Out of my sight! Thou dost infect mine eyes.

  145. I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.

  146. So wise so young, they say, do never live long.

  147. We burn daylight.

  148. No matter where; of comfort no man speak: Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs; Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth.

  149. It is not, nor it cannot, come to good, But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.

  150. Out, damned spot! out, I say!

  151. Now I will believe that there are unicorns...

  152. I wish my horse had the speed of your tongue.

  153. The small amount of foolery wise men have makes a great show.

  154. Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

  155. But I am constant as the Northern Star, Of whose true fixed and resting quality There is no fellow in the firmament.

  156. Tell me where is fancy bred, Or in the heart, or in the head?

  157. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on.

  158. You speak an infinite deal of nothing.

  159. From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive: They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain and nourish all the world.

  160. A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; But were we burdened with light weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.

  161. There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.

  162. You are thought here to the most senseless and fit man for the job.

  163. O, speak again, bright angel! for thou art As glorious to this night, being o’er my head As is a winged messenger of heaven.

  164. Tis within ourselves that we are thus or thus.

  165. How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath To say to me that thou art out of breath?

William Shakespeare Quotes on Beauty

  1. O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in’t!

  2. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in 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?

  3. Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.

  4. Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.


In this article, we have covered some of the best and top William Shakespeare Quotes on Success, Love and Life .

Co-author:  Khushi Shah 

Khushi has just passed her school and is now studying at PDPU. Apart from writing, she likes to sketch and dance. She also has other blogs where she posts proses and poetry. 


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