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William Shakespeare is considered the best writer of the English language and arguably the greatest writer who's ever lived. Given the spread of the English language around the globe and the many languages Shakespeare has been translated into (over 100), Shakespeare is the most-read poet and dramatist in the world today. Few writers are as quotable as Shakespeare, and few have even half the great quotes that Shakespeare amassed in his writing career. Because William Shakespeare had the ability to sum up deep thoughts and profound truths in a few short words, the impact on the modern world of William Shakespeare's writings have been immense.

William Shakespeare lived and wrote during the English Renaissance, when the world was changing from the religious and feudal society of medieval Europe into the secular and egalitarian modern age. Many people consider Shakespeare the first modern writer, because his best characters were 3-dimensional beings who struggled with modern attitudes. It's better to say that Shakespeare is the gateway between the old world and the new, and much of the dynamism of Shakespeare stems from his exploration of the human spirit where old customs and establishments were being replaced by new ones. Many of the conclusions Shakespeare reached have helped create the modern age, and the English-speaking world of the past 400 years owes a lot to Shakespeare's influences.

Of course, no matter how insightful a thought is, it wouldn't be popular if Shakespeare didn't have the gift for a well-turned phrase. There are countless great Shakespeare quotes, which make the works of Shakespeare more accessible to those of us reading his plays and poems all these generations later. The following Shakespeare quotes are some of the best from the quotable Shakespeare.


“To be, or not to be: that is the question.” ~Hamlet

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.” ~ Hamlet

“Then plainly know my heart's dear love is set
On the fair daughter of rich Capulet:
As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine;
And all combined, save what thou must combine
By holy marriage: when and where and how
We met, we woo'd and made exchange of vow,
I'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray,
That thou consent to marry us to-day.”
~ Romeo & Juliet

“My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain.”
~ Richard III

“O, she knew well
Thy love did read by rote, that could not spell.
But come, young waverer, come go with me,
In one respect I'll thy assistant be;
For this alliance may so happy prove,
To turn your households' rancour to pure love.”
~ Romeo & Juliet

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

“You take my life when you take the means whereby I live.” ~ The Merchant of Venice

“Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once.”
~ Julius Caesar

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him” ~ Julius Caesar

“And lose the name of action.” ~ Hamlet

“Gold? Yellow, glittering, precious gold?...
This yellow slave
Will knit and break religions, bless th’ accursed,
Make the hoar leprosy adored, place thieves,
And give them title, knee and approbation
With senators on the bench.”
~Timon of Ath

“There 's daggers in men's smiles.” ~ MacBeth

“There is no evil angel but Love.” ~ Love's Labour's Lost

“What a piece of work is 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!” ~ Hamlet

“The native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought;
And enterprises of great pitch and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn awry,
Action is eloquence.”
~ Coriolanus

“Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war.” ~ Julius Caesar

“Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides:
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.”
~King Lear

“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.” ~ Julius Cesar

“O! I am Fortune's fool.” ~ Romeo and Juliet

“Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?”
~ As You Like It

“Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.” ~ Macbeth

“Come, civil night,
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black.”
~ Romeo and Juliet

“Now it is the time of night
That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite
In the church-way paths to glide.”
~ A Midsummer Night's Dream

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” ~ 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 & Juliet

“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.” ~ Macbeth

“My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!”
~ Romeo & Juliet

“Like madness is the glory of this life
As this pomp shows to a little oil and root.”
~ The Life of Timon of Athens

“For men have marble, women waxen, minds,
And therefore are they form'd as marble will;
The weak oppress'd, the impression of strange kinds
Is form'd in them by force, by fraud, or skill:
Then call them not the authors of their ill,
No more than wax shall be accounted evil
Wherein is stamp'd the semblance of a devil.”
~ The Rape of Lucrece

“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil.”
~ Hamlet

“This was the noblest Roman of them all.” ~ Julius Cesar

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” ~ Macbeth

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

“O God! that one might read the book of fate.” ~ King Henry IV, Part II

“We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
~ The Tempest

“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.”
~ Macbeth

“Infirmity doth still neglect all office
Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves
When nature, being oppressed, commands the mind
To suffer with the body.”
~ King Lear

“Oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.”
~ King John

“A little more than kin, and less than kind.” ~ Hamlet

“'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.” ~ Romeo and Juliet

“Live in thy shame, but die not shame with thee!” ~ Richard II

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” ~ Hamlet

“This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeits of our own behaviour) we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars: as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treacherous by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star!”
~ King Lear

“O father, what a hell of witchcraft lies
In the small orb of one particular tear.”
~ A Lover's Complaint

“For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men.” ~ Julius Cesar

“A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.”
~ King Henry VIII

“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain!” ~ Hamlet

“Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.” ~ Romeo and Juliet

“Who wooed in haste, and means to wed at leisure.” ~ The Taming of the Shrew

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Sable Night, mother of Dread and Fear,
Upon the world dim darkness doth display,
And in her vaulty prison stows the Day.”
~ The Rape of Lucrece

“When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly 's done, When the battle 's lost and won.” ~ Macbeth

“Murder’s out of tune,
And sweet revenge grows harsh.”
~ Othello

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” ~ A Midsummer Nights Dream

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

“Nought's had, all's spent,
Where our desire is got without content.”
~ Macbeth

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend.” ~ Hamlet

“Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.” ~ Othello

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