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List T – William Shakespeare – Quotes


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

  2. Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.

  3. The attempt and not the deed confounds us.

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

  5. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

  6. The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.

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

  8. The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.

  9. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

  10. The love of heaven makes one heavenly.

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

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

  13. The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company.

  14. The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

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

  16. The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.

  17. The valiant never taste of death but once.

  18. The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

  19. The wheel is come full circle.

  20. There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered.

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

  22. 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.

  23. There is no darkness but ignorance.

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

  25. There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.

  26. There’s many a man has more hair than wit.

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

  28. There’s not a note of mine that’s worth the noting.

  29. There’s place and means for every man alive.

  30. They do not love that do not show their love.

  31. They say miracles are past.

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

  33. Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.

  34. This above all; to thine own self be true.

  35. This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is 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.

  36. Thou know’st the first time that we smell the air we wawl and cry. When we are born we cry, that we are come to this great state of fools.

  37. Time and the hour run through the roughest day.

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

  39. ‘Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.

  40. ‘Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.

  41. ‘Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.

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

  43. To do a great right do a little wrong.

  44. To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

  45. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.

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