William Shakespeare – Quotes

‘Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” — William Shakespeare

‘Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.” — William Shakespeare

‘Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.” — William Shakespeare

‘Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.” — William Shakespeare

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” — William Shakespeare

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.” — William Shakespeare

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

Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!” — 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

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.” — William Shakespeare

An overflow of good converts to bad.” — William Shakespeare

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

And why not death rather than living torment? To die is to be banish’d from myself; And Silvia is myself: banish’d from her Is self from self: a deadly banishment!” — William Shakespeare

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.” — William Shakespeare

As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.” — William Shakespeare

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

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — William Shakespeare

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.” — William Shakespeare

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” — William Shakespeare

Boldness be my friend.” — William Shakespeare

Brevity is the soul of wit.” — William Shakespeare

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

But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.” — William Shakespeare

But men are men; the best sometimes forget.” — William Shakespeare

By that sin fell the angels.” — William Shakespeare

Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.” — William Shakespeare

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

Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.” — William Shakespeare

Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” — William Shakespeare

Exceeds man’s might: that dwells with the gods above.” — William Shakespeare

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

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” — William Shakespeare

Farewell, fair cruelty.” — William Shakespeare

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.” — William Shakespeare

For I can raise no money by vile means.” — William Shakespeare

For my part, it was Greek to me.” — William Shakespeare

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.” — William Shakespeare

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” — William Shakespeare

Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.” — William Shakespeare

Give thy thoughts no tongue.” — William Shakespeare

Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.” — William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” — William Shakespeare

God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.” — William Shakespeare

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

Having nothing, nothing can he lose.” — William Shakespeare

He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.” — William Shakespeare

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.” — William Shakespeare

He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.” — William Shakespeare

He that loves to be flattered is worthy o’ the flatterer.” — William Shakespeare

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.” — William Shakespeare

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” — William Shakespeare

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

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!” — William Shakespeare

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

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” — William Shakespeare

How well he’s read, to reason against reading!” — William Shakespeare

I am not bound to please thee with my answer.” — William Shakespeare

I bear a charmed life.” — William Shakespeare

I dote on his very absence.” — William Shakespeare

I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture.” — 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

I like not fair terms and a villain’s mind.” — William Shakespeare

I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father.” — William Shakespeare

I must be cruel, only to be kind.” — William Shakespeare

I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.” — William Shakespeare

I say there is no darkness but ignorance.” — William Shakespeare

I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.” — William Shakespeare

I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.” — William Shakespeare

I was adored once too.” — William Shakespeare

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” — William Shakespeare

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

I will praise any man that will praise me.” — William Shakespeare

If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.” — William Shakespeare

If music be the food of love, play on.” — 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

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

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

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.” — William Shakespeare

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?” — William Shakespeare

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” — William Shakespeare

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.” — William Shakespeare

In time we hate that which we often fear.” — William Shakespeare

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?” — William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.” — William Shakespeare

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.” — William Shakespeare

It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.” — William Shakespeare

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.” — William Shakespeare

Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.” — William Shakespeare

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

Let no such man be trusted.” — William Shakespeare

Life … is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” — William Shakespeare

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.” — William Shakespeare

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

Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.” — William Shakespeare

Listen to many, speak to a few.” — William Shakespeare

Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!” — William Shakespeare

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” — William Shakespeare

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.” — William Shakespeare

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.” — William Shakespeare

Love is too young to know what conscience is.” — William Shakespeare

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” — William Shakespeare

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.” — William Shakespeare

Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.” — William Shakespeare

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.” — 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

Men shut their doors against a setting sun.” — William Shakespeare

Men’s vows are women’s traitors!” — William Shakespeare

Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.” — William Shakespeare

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.” — William Shakespeare

Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.” — William Shakespeare

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.” — William Shakespeare

My pride fell with my fortunes.” — William Shakespeare

Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.” — William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” — William Shakespeare

No legacy is so rich as honesty.” — William Shakespeare

No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.” — William Shakespeare

Nothing can come of nothing.” — William Shakespeare

Now is the winter of our discontent.” — William Shakespeare

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

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

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?” — William Shakespeare

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.” — William Shakespeare

O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!” — William Shakespeare

O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” — William Shakespeare

O’ What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!” — William Shakespeare

O, had I but followed the arts!” — William Shakespeare

O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!” — William Shakespeare

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” — William Shakespeare

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

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.” — William Shakespeare

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.” — William Shakespeare

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.” — William Shakespeare

Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.” — William Shakespeare

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.” — William Shakespeare

So foul and fair a day I have not seen.” — William Shakespeare

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — William Shakespeare

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” — William Shakespeare

Speak low, if you speak love.” — William Shakespeare

Such as we are made of, such we be.” — William Shakespeare

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.” — William Shakespeare

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.” — William Shakespeare

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

Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.” — William Shakespeare

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

Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.” — William Shakespeare

The attempt and not the deed confounds us.” — William Shakespeare

The course of true love never did run smooth.” — William Shakespeare

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” — William Shakespeare

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.” — William Shakespeare

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

The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.” — William Shakespeare

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” — William Shakespeare

The love of heaven makes one heavenly.” — William Shakespeare

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

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.” — William Shakespeare

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.” — William Shakespeare

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

The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.” — William Shakespeare

The valiant never taste of death but once.” — William Shakespeare

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.” — William Shakespeare

The wheel is come full circle.” — William Shakespeare

There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered.” — William Shakespeare

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

There is no darkness but ignorance.” — William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — William Shakespeare

There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.” — William Shakespeare

There’s many a man has more hair than wit.” — William Shakespeare

There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.” — William Shakespeare

There’s not a note of mine that’s worth the noting.” — William Shakespeare

There’s place and means for every man alive.” — William Shakespeare

They do not love that do not show their love.” — William Shakespeare

They say miracles are past.” — William Shakespeare

Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.” — William Shakespeare

Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.” — William Shakespeare

This above all; to thine own self be true.” — William Shakespeare

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.” — William Shakespeare

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.” — William Shakespeare

Time and the hour run through the roughest day.” — William Shakespeare

To be, or not to be, that is the question.” — William Shakespeare

To do a great right do a little wrong.” — William Shakespeare

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

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

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” — William Shakespeare

Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?” — William Shakespeare

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.” — William Shakespeare

Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.” — William Shakespeare

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” — William Shakespeare

We are time’s subjects, and time bids be gone.” — William Shakespeare

We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from… Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements.” — William Shakespeare

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” — William Shakespeare

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

What is past is prologue.” — William Shakespeare

What’s done can’t be undone.” — William Shakespeare

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” — William Shakespeare

What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he’s an enemy to mankind.” — William Shakespeare

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” — William Shakespeare

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” — William Shakespeare

When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” — William Shakespeare

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.” — William Shakespeare

Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.” — William Shakespeare

Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?” — William Shakespeare

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.” — William Shakespeare

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” — William Shakespeare

Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.” — William Shakespeare

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” — William Shakespeare

Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.” — William Shakespeare