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Here's where you can find a wonderful collection of Shakespeare quotes. A famous English poet and playwright, his plays have transcended the ages and are still widely studied and performed throughout the world today.

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616), is often called "The Bard" or England's national poet. He is even regarded by some as the greatest writer in the English language.

I studied one of his famous plays, "Romeo & Juliet" during my Literature class in school years ago. Back then, I had a tough time getting the meaning of his play due to the language used. It's only upon the teacher's patient explanations in lessons did I gain a better appreciation of "Romeo & Juliet".

It's only recently I learned that many short phrases of Shakespeare's poetry are widely used and appreciated by many till this day.

I hope this collection will inspire and give you some food for thought. Enjoy!




A smile re-cures the wounding of a frown
-- Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis

All that glisters is not gold.
-- Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity
-- Shakespeare, Hamlet

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

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
-- Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Courage and comfort, all shall yet go well
-- Shakespeare, King John

Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once.
-- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
-- Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

God send everyone their heart's desire!
-- Shakespeare, Much Ado

Have patience, and endure
-- Shakespeare, Much Ado

I am not of that feather, to shake off my friend when he must need me
-- Shakespeare, Timon of Athens

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks
-- Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Its not enough to speak, but to speak true
-- Shakespeare, A Midsummer's Night Dream

Kindness, nobler ever than revenge
-- Shakespeare, As You Like It

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-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
-- Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none
-- Shakespeare, All's Well

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain
-- Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis

Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.
-- Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Men at some time are masters of their fate
-- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
-- Shakespeare, Hamlet

Never shame to hear what you have nobly done
-- Shakespeare, Coriolanus

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt
-- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to Heaven.
-- Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

Pray now, forget and forgive
-- Shakespeare, King Lear

The course of true love never did run smooth
-- Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit
-- Shakespeare, Hamlet

Therein the patient
Must minister to himself.
-- Shakespeare, Macbeth

This above all: to thine own self be true
-- Shakespeare, Hamlet

To be, or not to be, that is the question
-- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Why then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or
bad, but thinking makes it so.
-- Shakespeare, Hamlet

Wisely and slow; they stumble who run fast
-- Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

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