Famous Shakespeare Quotes

William Shakespeare is often called the ‘Bard of Avon‘ and “England’s national poet”. He is also known as the “father of English Literature”. Below are some of the most well known and famous Shakespeare quotes. Read and find ones that touch your heart and soul.

57 Famous Shakespeare Quotes

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

“If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not.”    (Banquo)

“To be or not to be, that is the question.”  (Hamlet)

Famous shakespeare quotes

“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)

“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and 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? Man delights not me; no, nor Woman neither; though by your smiling you seem to say so..” (Hamlet)

“The better part of valour is discretion.”  (Henry)

“All that glitters is not gold.”  (The Merchant of Venice)

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

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

“Nothing will come of nothing.” (King Lear)

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”  (All’s Well That Ends Well)

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”  (Hamlet)

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

“Parting is such sweet sorrow.”  (Romeo and Juliet)

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”  (Hamlet)

“Thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” (Twelfth Night)

“We have all great cause to give great thanks.” (Coriolanus)

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  (Romeo and Juliet)

“The better part of valour is discretion.”  (Henry IV, Part 1)

“If music be the food of love, play on.”  (Twelfth Night)

“With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come.”  (The Merchant of Venice)

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

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”  (As You Like It)

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”  (Henry VI, Part 2)

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”  (The Tempest)

“What’s past is prologue.”  (The Tempest)

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” (Hamlet)

“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” (Claudius)

“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)

“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”  (Romeo and Juliet)

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

“The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath.” (The Merchant of Venice)

“The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.” (Henry V)

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

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.”  (Romeo and Juliet)

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

“The eyes are the window to your soul.”  (Julius Caesar)

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”  (Julius Caesar)

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”  (Twelfth Night)

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”  (Henry IV, Part 2)

“All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.”  (Hamlet)

“The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”  (Hamlet)

“What’s done can’t be undone.” (Macbeth)

“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have immortal longings in me.” (Antony and Cleopatra)

“To thine own self be true.” (Hamlet)

“There’s daggers in men’s smiles.” (Macbeth)

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

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!” (Othello)

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

“The love of heaven makes one heavenly.”  (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”  (Julius Caesar)

“The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.” (Measure for Measure)

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” (All’s Well That Ends Well)

“When words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain.”  (Richard II)

“The world is mine oyster.” (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

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

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