255 William Shakespeare Quotes on Love And Life


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Last updated on June 3rd, 2024

 

Most Famous William Shakespeare Quotes on Love, Life, Death, And Relations

 

“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.”

– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Famous William Shakespeare Quotes

Famous William Shakespeare Quotes on Love & Life: William Shakespeare (23 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard”.

His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays, 154 sonnets, three long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

He remains arguably the most influential writer in the English language, and his works continue to be studied and reinterpreted. Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories.

And collectively, they are regarded as some of the best works produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies until 1608, among them Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, all considered to be among the finest works in the English language.

The works of Shakespeare are hilarious, pithy, and emotional. He was a master when it came to imbuing his characters and stories with qualities and traits that the readers and audiences definitely identify with. But what made Shakespeare a genius?

Because more than any other writer, he had the capacity to think himself into the minds of other human beings and to summarise the great range of our emotions in words that are simple and supremely eloquent. His verbal dexterity was nothing short of amazing.

These 250 Shakespeare Quotes will prove what a genius he was. All these quotes are Authentic Shakespeare Quotes verified against his dramas/plays. Below, we have also given some fake quotes that are being attributed to Shakespeare everywhere on the Internet including some famous Quotes Websites.

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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, And too often is his gold complexion dimmed: And every fair from fair sometimes declines, By chance or natures changing course untrimmed; By thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

– William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets

O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy, In measure rain thy joy, scant this excess! But when I came, alas, to wive, With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, By swaggering could I never thrive, For the rain it raineth every day. Much rain wears the marble.

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Upon this hint I spake; She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her, that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have used: Here comes the lady; let her witness it.

– Shakespeare, Othello

But if that flower with base infection meet, The basest weed outbraves his dignity: For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

– Shakespeare, Sonnet 94

To your professed bosoms I commit him; But yet, alas, stood I within his grace, I would prefer him to a better place! So farewell to you both.

– Shakespeare, King Lear

Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

But love is good, and lovers cannot view themselves unto thee. The pretty follies that themselves commit.

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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

– Shakespeare, King Lear

Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.

– Shakespeare, Attributed

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?

– Shakespeare, Henry IV

Love goes by haps; Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.

– Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

Her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love.

– Shakespeare, Antony & Cleopatra

I humbly do beseech your pardon, For too much loving you.

– Shakespeare, Othello

The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.

– Shakespeare, Othello

Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.

– Shakespeare, Macbeth

I would not wish any companion in the world but you.

– Shakespeare, The Tempest

He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

These are my mates, that make their wills their law.

– Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

All that glisters is not gold.

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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Best Shakespeare Quotes About Love And Lovers With Images

Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering barque, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

– William Shakespeare, Great Sonnets

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in a lover’s eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears: What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes; Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.

– Shakespeare, The Tempest

My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

But let your love even with my life decay; Lest the wise world should look into your moan, And mock you with me after I am gone.

– Shakespeare, Sonnets

It is my soul that calls upon my name; How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night, Like soft music to attending ears.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O, that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Mistress, you know yourself, down on your knees, And thank heaven, fasting, for a good man’s love.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

But are you so much in love as your rhymes speak? Neither rhyme nor reason can express how much.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

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

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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

– Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart, courage to make love known?

– Shakespeare, Macbeth

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

– Shakespeare, Richard III

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

She will die if you love her not, And she will die ere she might make her love known.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

I pray you, do not fall in love with me, For I am falser than vows made in wine.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

Upon thy cheek I lay this zealous kiss, As seal to the indenture of my love.

– Shakespeare, King John

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

– Shakespeare, Henry V

Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

– Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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

– Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

– Shakespeare, Great Sonnets

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William Shakespeare Quotes About Death And Dead People

Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin, Unhousel’d, disappointed, unanel’d; No reckoning made, but sent to my account With all my imperfections on my head. Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life; But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of?

– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.

– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty; Thou art not conquered; beauty’s ensign yet Is crimson in thy lips, and in thy cheeks, And death’s pale flag is not advanced there.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! and lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

The sense of death is most in apprehension; And the poor beetle that we tread upon, In corporal sufferance feels a pang as great As when a giant dies.

– Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

The weariest and most loathed worldly life That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment Can lay on nature, is a paradise To what we fear of death.

– Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

O proud death, What feast is toward in thine eternal cell, That thou so many princes at a shot So bloodily hast, struck?

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

When beggars die, there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.

– Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar

That we shall die we know; ’tis but the time And drawing days out, that men stand upon.

– Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar

Death, death; oh, amiable, lovely death! Come, grin on me, and I will think thou smilest.

– Shakespeare, King John

Thou knowest ’tis common; all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; The worst is death, and death will have his day.

– Shakespeare, Richard II

Death lies on her, like an untimely frost Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

He that cuts off twenty years of life cuts off so many years of fearing death.

– Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar

Come, let us take a muster speedily: Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily.

– Shakespeare, Henry IV

If I must die I will encounter darkness as a bride, And hug it in mine arms.

– Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

He was a man, take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

Be absolute for death; either death or life Shall thereby be the sweeter.

– Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

– Shakespeare, Cymbeline

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

– Shakespeare, Antony & Cleopatra

We cannot hold mortality’s strong hand.

– Shakespeare, King John

He that dies pays all debts.

– Shakespeare, The Tempest

Death is a fearful thing.

– Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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Inspirational Shakespeare Quotes About Life You Would Like

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! 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.

– William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Had I but died an hour before this chance, I had lived a blessed time; for, from this instant, There’s nothing serious in mortality: All is but toys; renown, and grace is dead; The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left this vault to brag of.

– Shakespeare, Macbeth

Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks the power to dismiss itself.

– Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek, A goodly apple rotten at the heart. O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Your name from hence immortal life shall have, Though I, once gone, to all the world must die: The earth can yield me but a common grave, When you entombed in men’s eyes shall lie.

– Shakespeare, Sonnets

For I impair not beauty being mute, When others would give life, and bring a tomb. There lives more life in one of your fair eyes than both your poets can in praise devise.

– Shakespeare, Sonnets

This day I breathed first: time is come round, And where I did begin there shall I end; My life is run his compass.

– Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar

Crabbed age and youth cannot live together: Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care.

– Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim

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

– Shakespeare, Pericles

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.

– Shakespeare, King John

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

– Shakespeare, King Lear

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.

– Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

It is the stars, The stars above us, that govern our conditions.

– Shakespeare, King Lear

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

– Shakespeare, Cymbeline

He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.

– Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew

O excellent! I love long life better than figs.

– Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

All’s well that ends well.

– Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

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Top Shakespeare Quotes About Knowledge, Truth & Wisdom

Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely, but too well; Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought, Perplexed in the extreme: of one, whose hand Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away, Richer than all his tribe: of one, whose subdued eyes, Albeit unused to the melting mood, Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees Their medicinal gum.

– William Shakespeare, Othello

Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all: to thine ownself be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

O, that our fathers would applause our loves, To seal our happiness with their consents! It is a wise father that knows his own child. Who would be a father!

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportioned thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

I say there is no darkness but ignorance; in which thou art more puzzled than the Egyptians in their fog.

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

The visitor will not give him o’er so. Look he’s winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

– Shakespeare, The Tempest

Peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

– Shakespeare, Henry IV

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

– Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

And yet, to say the truth, reason, and love keep little company together nowadays.

– Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

– Shakespeare, Henry VI

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

– Shakespeare, Henry VI

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

– Shakespeare, King Henry IV

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

– Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

The empty vessels make the loudest sound.

– Shakespeare, King Henry V

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

– Shakespeare, The Tempest

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

– Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What’s done can’t be undone.

– Shakespeare, Macbeth

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Shakespeare Quotes About Character & Virtues With Pictures

Love is your master, for he masters you; And he that is so yoked by a fool, Me thinks, should not be chronicled for wise. I do not seek to quench your love’s hot fire But qualify the fire’s extreme rage, Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason.

– William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. O, what may man within him hide, Though angel on the outward side!

– Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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?

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

As he loved me, I weep for him. As he was fortunate, I rejoice at it. As he was valiant, I honor him but as he was ambitious, I slew him.

– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

I charge thee, fling away ambition: By that sin fell the angels. How can man then, the image of his Maker, hope to win by it?

– Shakespeare, Henry VIII

If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country’s loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.

– Shakespeare, King Henry V

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

– Shakespeare, Othello

Life every man holds dear but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.

– Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.

– Shakespeare, Henry IV

Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.

– Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

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

– Shakespeare, Henry V

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!

– Shakespeare, King Lear

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.

– Shakespeare, Henry VIII

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

– Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.

– Shakespeare, King Lear

Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.

– Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.

– Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

– Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

I must be cruel, only to be kind.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

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Short Shakespeare Quotes About Dream, Success And Thinking

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, Julius Caesar

These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness, And in the taste confounds the appetite.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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.

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

There had been many great men that have flattered the people who never loved them.

– Shakespeare, Coriolanus

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

– Shakespeare, King Henry VIII

Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream.

– Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

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

– Shakespeare, King Henry VIII

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

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

We know what we are, but know not what we may be?

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

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

– Shakespeare, Henry V

I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

– Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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Famous Sad Quotes on Love By William Shakespeare

Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, Take him, and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine, And all the world will be in love with night, And pay no worship to the garish sun.

– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

O coz, coz, coz, my pretty little coz, that thou didst know how many fathom deep I am in love! But it cannot be sounded; my affection hath an unknown bottom, like the bay of Portugal.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back? Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid? O, none, unless this miracle have might, That in black ink my love may still shine bright.

– Shakespeare, Sonnet 65

No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

This is the very ecstasy of love Whose violent property foredoes itself And leads the will to desperate undertakings.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

If heaven would make me such another world of one entire and perfect chrysolite, I would not have sold her for it.

– Shakespeare, Othello

But love that comes too late, Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried, To the great sender turns a sour offense.

– Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear; When little fears grow great, great love grows there.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

This bud of love by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Give my love fame faster than Time wastes life, So thou prevent’st his scythe and crooked knife.

– Shakespeare, Sonnets

He is far gone, far gone: and truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for love; very near this.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

Make me a willow cabin at your gate, And call upon my soul within the house.

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

– Shakespeare, Macbeth

There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned.

– Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

Under loves heavy burden do I sink.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Speak low if you speak love.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

I was adored once too.

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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Best William Shakespeare Quotes About Happiness And Pain

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head. And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou, That notwithstanding thy capacity Receiveth as the sea, naught enters there, Of what validity and pitch soever, But falls into abatement and low price, Even in a minute!

– William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough; but riches fineless is as poor as winter to him that ever that ever fears he shall be poor – Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend From jealousy!

– Shakespeare, Othello

My Crown is in my heart, not on my head: Not decked with Diamonds, and Indian stones: Nor to be seen: my Crown is called Content, A Crown it is, that seldom Kings enjoy.

– Shakespeare, King Henry VI

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

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever; One foot in sea, and one on shore, To one thing constant never.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.

– Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

That deep torture may be called a hell When more is felt than one hath the power to tell.

– Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth fear each bush an officer.

– Shakespeare, King Henry VI

But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes!

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

When you depart from me sorrow abides, and happiness takes his leave.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.

– Shakespeare, Macbeth

What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he’s an enemy to mankind.

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

– Shakespeare, Othello

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

– Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

– Shakespeare, Othello

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.

– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

– Shakespeare, Henry IV

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Popular William Shakespeare Quotes About Men And Women

If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleased me, complexions that liked me, and breaths that I defied not; and, I am sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, will, for my kind offer, when I make curtsy, bid me farewell.

– William Shakespeare, As You Like It

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.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

O, Men’s vows are women’s traitors! All good seeming, By thy revolt, O husband, shall be thought Put on for villainy, not born where’t grows, But worn a bait for ladies.

– Shakespeare, Cymbeline

Use every man after his desert, and who should ‘scape whipping? Use them after your own honour and dignity. The less they deserve, the more merit is in your bounty.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

Men are April when they woo, and December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

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

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

There’s no trust, No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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

– Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing

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

– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

For there was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.

– Shakespeare, King Lear

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

But men are men; the best sometimes forget.

– Shakespeare, Othello

Men shut their doors against a setting sun.

– Shakespeare, Timon of Athens

Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!

– Shakespeare, Henry VIII

Though she be but little, she is fierce!

– Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

#Thine face is not worth sunburning.

– Shakespeare, Henry V

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Amazing William Shakespeare Quotes on Time And Patience

She never told her love, But let concealment, like a worm in the bud, Feed on her damask cheek; she pined in thought, And with a green and yellow melancholy, She sat like patience on a monument, Smiling at grief.

– William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Yet I have not seen So likely an ambassador of love; A day in April never came so sweet, To show how costly summer was at hand, As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear Your favours nor your hate.

– Shakespeare, Macbeth

O gentlemen, the time of life is short! To spend that shortness basely were too long If life did ride upon a dial’s point, Still ending at the arrival of an hour.

– Shakespeare, Henry IV

And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe. And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot; And thereby hangs a tale.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

We are time’s subjects, and time bids be gone. Past and to come, seem best; things present worst.

– Shakespeare, Henry IV

The sands are numbered that make up my life; Here must I stay, and here my life must end.

– Shakespeare, Henry VI

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

– Shakespeare, Othello

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.

– Shakespeare, Sonnet 60

Time’s glory is to calm contending kings, To unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.

– Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

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

– Shakespeare, Othello

No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.

– Shakespeare, King Lear

Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee.

– Shakespeare, Henry VIII

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

– Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

– Shakespeare, Richard II

Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Let life be short: else shame will be too long.

– Shakespeare, Henry V

In time we hate that which we often fear.

– Shakespeare, Antony & Cleopatra

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Great Shakespeare Quotes on Friendship And Love With Images

Love, whose month is ever May, Spied a blossom passing fair, Playing in the wanton air: Through the velvet leaves the wind, All unseen can passage find; That the lover, sick to death, Wish’d himself the heaven’s breath.

– William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin, That all with one consent praise new-born gauds, Though they are made and moulded of things past, And give to dust that is a little gilt More laud than gilt over-dusted.

– Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

Love is too young to know what conscience is, Yet who knows not conscience is born of love? Then, gentle cheater, urge not my amiss, Lest guilty of my faults thy sweet self prove.

– Shakespeare, Sonnet 151

Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love: Therefore, all hearts in love use their own tongues; Let every eye negotiate for itself And trust no agent.

– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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.

– Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

They say all lovers swear more performance than they are able, and yet reserve an ability that they never perform.

– Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

We that are true lovers run into strange capers; but as all is mortal in nature, so is all nature in love mortal in folly.

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from their books, But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

#Lest the bargain should catch cold and starve. Boldness be my friend: Arm me audacity from head to foot!

– Shakespeare, Cymbeline

A young woman in love always looks like patience on a monument smiling at grief.

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

A lover’s eyes will gaze an eagle blind. A lover’s ear will hear the lowest sound.

– Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

Good night, sweet friend: thy love ne’er alter, till thy sweet life end.

– Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.

– Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim

I can express no kinder sign of love, than this kind kiss.

– Shakespeare, Henry VI

Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.

– Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?

– Shakespeare, As You Like It

If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.

– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

– Shakespeare, Hamlet

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

– Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

 

Fake William Shakespeare Quotes You Must Be Aware of

I always feel happy, you know why? Because I don’t expect anything from anyone. Expectations always hurt. Life is short. So love your life. Be Happy. & Keep smiling. Just live for yourself & before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you pray, forgive. Before you hurt, feel. Before you hate, love. Before you quit, try. Before you die, live.

– A Poem By William Arthur Ward, Misattributed to Shakespeare

You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows. So that’s why I’m scared when you say you love me.

– Bob Marley, Misattributed to 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.

– Titus Lucretius Carus, Misattributed to Shakespeare

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.

– Anonymous, Misattributed to Shakespeare

Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.

– Anonymous, Misattributed to Shakespeare

We can win life by all means, if we simply avoid two things in our lives, comparing with others & expecting from others.

– Anonymous, Misattributed to Shakespeare

The purpose of life is to discover your Gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.

– Anonymous, Misattributed to Shakespeare

Heaven hath no power like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

– William Congreve (The Mourning Bride), Misattributed to Shakespeare

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

– Yiddish Proverb, Misattributed to Shakespeare

O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!

– Sir Walter Scott, Misattributed to Shakespeare

I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!

– Abby Buchanan Longstreet, Misattributed to Shakespeare

When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.

– Verdi’s opera Falstaff, Misattributed to Shakespeare

Love is the most beautiful of dreams and the worst of nightmares.

– Anonymous, Misattributed to Shakespeare

Expectation is the root of all heartache.

– Anonymous, Misattributed to Shakespeare

But for those who love, time is eternal.

– Henry van Dyke, Misattributed to Shakespeare

All glory comes from daring to begin.

– Eugene F. Ware, Misattributed to Shakespeare

The pen is mightier than the sword.

– Bulwer-Lytton, Misattributed to Shakespeare

All that glitters is not gold.

– W.S. Gilbert’s Opera (M.S Pinafore or The Lass that Loved a Sailor), Misattributed to Shakespeare

We hope you have surely liked these amazing William Shakespeare quotes. Shakespeare is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time as well as the most influential writer in the history of the English language. No matter what Shakespeare’s work you read, you can’t help but immerse yourself in it.

His every play is not just a classic but a masterpiece of literature. It has been more than 400 years since he died, but people still celebrate his work all around the world.

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“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. Then your love would also change. If love be rough with you, be rough with love; Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.”

– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


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