35 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist.


Quotes by William Shakespeare, the best dramatist, are popular all over the world. 35 selected famous quotes by William Shakespeare are following:

  1. To be, or not to be: that is the question. (Hamlet)

  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. (As You Like it)

  3. Now is the winter of our discontent. (Richard III)

  4. Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? (Macbeth)

  5. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. (Twelfth Night)

  6. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. (Julius Caesar)

  7. A man can die but once. (Henry IV, Part 2)

  8. How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child! (King Lear)

  9. 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, shall we not revenge? (The Merchant of Venice)

  10. I am one who loved not wisely but too well. (Othello)

  11. 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. (The Merchant of Venice)

  12. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. (The Tempest)

  13. 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)

  14. Beware the Ides of March. (Julius Caesar)

  15. If music be the food of love play on. (Twelfth Night)

  16. What’s in a name? A rose by any name would smell as sweet. (Romeo and Juliet)

  17. As merry as the day is long. (Much Ado About Nothing)

  18. To thine own self be true. (Hamlet)

  19. All that glisters is not gold. (The Merchant of Venice)

  20. Nothing will come of nothing. (King Lear)

  21. The course of true love never did run smooth. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

  22. Lord, what fools these mortals be! (A Midsummer Night’s dream)

  23. Whoever loved that loved not at first sight? (As You Like It)

  24. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. (Hamlet)

  25. Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day. (Macbeth)

  26. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

  27. Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. (Sonnet 116)

  28. But, for my own part, it was Greek to me. (Julius Caesar)

  29. Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. (Hamlet)

  30. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. (Henry IV, Part 2)

  31. Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. (The Tempest)

  32. Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. (Much Ado about Nothing)

  33. We have seen better days. (Timon of Athens)

  34. I am a man more sinned against than sinning. (King Lear)

  35. Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney-sweepers, come to dust. (Cymbeline)

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