William Shakespeare Best Quotes

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William Shakespeare
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
“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.”
“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”
“If music be the food of love, play on.”
“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
“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.”
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
“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?”
“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”
“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
“Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.”
“Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.”
“Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.”
“The wheel is come full circle.”
“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”
“Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.”
“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.”
“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”
“The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.”
“There is no darkness but ignorance.”
“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
“No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.”
“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.”
“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”
“The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”
“Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.”
“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
“This above all; to thine own self be true.”
“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!”
“False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”
“O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!”
“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.”
“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”
“Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?”
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
“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.”
“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”
“As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.”
“Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!”
“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.”
“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
“When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”
“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!”
“They do not love that do not show their love.”
“If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.”
“My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.”
“Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.”
“Listen to many, speak to a few.”
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
“Boldness be my friend.”
“Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.”
“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.”
“To do a great right do a little wrong.”
“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.”
“Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”
“Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.”
“It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.”
“Farewell, fair cruelty.”
“I must be cruel, only to be kind.”
“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”
“The love of heaven makes one heavenly.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The golden age is before us, not behind us.”
“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.”
“What is past is prologue.”
“Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.”
“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.”
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
“There’s place and means for every man alive.”
“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
“Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.”
“I say there is no darkness but ignorance.”
“I am not bound to please thee with my answer.”
“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”
“Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.”
“Give thy thoughts no tongue.”
“But men are men; the best sometimes forget.”
“O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.”
“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”
“Speak low, if you speak love.”
“My pride fell with my fortunes.”
“There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.”
“I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.”
“It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.”
“Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.”
“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”
“Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.”
“God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.”
“Lawless are they that make their wills their law.”
“Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.”
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”
“The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch, which hurts and is desired.”
“There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered.”
“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.”
“The valiant never taste of death but once.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.”
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
“Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.”
“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”
“We are time’s subjects, and time bids be gone.”
“A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.”
“Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.”
“Now is the winter of our discontent.”
“Men’s vows are women’s traitors!”
“As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.”
“An overflow of good converts to bad.”
“Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.”
“Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.”
“Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.”
“Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.”
“Such as we are made of, such we be.”
“I like not fair terms and a villain’s mind.”
“But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.”
“Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.”
“How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!”
“He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.”
“Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.”
“Nothing can come of nothing.”
“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”
“Death is a fearful thing.”
“What’s done can’t be undone.”
“Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.”
“When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.”
“I was adored once too.”
“He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.”
“Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.”
“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”
“Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.”
“I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.”
“I dote on his very absence.”
“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.”
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.”
“Having nothing, nothing can he lose.”
“There’s not a note of mine that’s worth the noting.”
“Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.”
“I bear a charmed life.”
“O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!”
“How well he’s read, to reason against reading!”
“Let no such man be trusted.”
“Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?”
“Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.”
“I will praise any man that will praise me.”
“Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.”
“Love is too young to know what conscience is.”
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”
“The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.”
“For I can raise no money by vile means.”
“Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!”
“If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.”
“In a false quarrel there is no true valor.”
“Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.”
“O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.”
“If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.”
“Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.”
“Well, if Fortune be a woman, she’s a good wench for this gear.”
“He that loves to be flattered is worthy o’ the flatterer.”
“A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.”
“There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.”
“I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.”
“For my part, it was Greek to me.”
“Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.”
“By that sin fell the angels.”
“As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.”
“What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he’s an enemy to mankind.”
“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.”
“O, had I but followed the arts!”
“The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.”
“In time we hate that which we often fear.”
“Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
“‘Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.”
“The attempt and not the deed confounds us.”
“But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.”
“Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.”
“Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.”
“There’s many a man has more hair than wit.”
“O’ What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!”
“Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?”
“Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.”
“And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.”
“Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.”
“‘Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.”
“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.”
“O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!”
“Time and the hour run through the roughest day.”
“I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.”
“Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.”
“‘Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.”
“I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.”
“Men shut their doors against a setting sun.”
“‘Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.”
“They say miracles are past.”
“So foul and fair a day I have not seen.”
“There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.”
“Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.”
“Exceeds man’s might: that dwells with the gods above.”
“I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!”
“He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.”
“Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.”
“I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture.”

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