Shakespeare Quotes




O! I am Fortune’s fool.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Romeo and Juliet

You take my life when you take the means whereby I live.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, The Merchant of Venice

The course of true love never did run smooth.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Julius Caesar

There is no evil angel but Love.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Love’s Labour’s Lost

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,
And lose the name of action.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Hamlet

Action is eloquence.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Coriolanus

Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides:
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, King Lear

Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, As You Like It

Come, civil night,
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, 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.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Macbeth

O God! that one might read the book of fate.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, King Henry IV, Part II

Like madness is the glory of this life
As this pomp shows to a little oil and root.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, The Life of Timon of Athens

What is the city but the people?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Coriolanus

A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, King Henry VIII

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

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Hamlet

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.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, King Lear

Oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, King John

‘Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Romeo and Juliet

Live in thy shame, but die not shame with thee!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Richard II

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!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, King Lear

O father, what a hell of witchcraft lies
In the small orb of one particular tear.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, A Lover’s Complaint

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Hamlet

Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Romeo and Juliet

Murder’s out of tune,
And sweet revenge grows harsh.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Othello

War is no strife
To the dark house and the detested wife.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, All’s Well That Ends Well

Sable Night, mother of Dread and Fear,
Upon the world dim darkness doth display,
And in her vaulty prison stows the Day.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, The Rape of Lucrece

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

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Othello

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

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Othello

Nought’s had, all’s spent,
Where our desire is got without content.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Macbeth

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

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Hamlet

Time’s glory is to calm contending kings,
To unmask falsehood and bring truth to light,
To stamp the seal of time in aged things,
To wake the morn and sentinel the night,
To wrong the wronger till he render right,
To ruinate proud buildings with thy hours,
And smear with dust their glittering golden towers;
To fill with worm-holes stately monuments,
To feed oblivion with decay of things,
To blot old books and alter their contents,
To pluck the quills from ancient ravens’ wings,
To dry the old oak’s sap and cherish springs,
To spoil antiquities of hammer’d steel,
And turn the giddy round of Fortune’s wheel;
To show the beldam daughters of her daughter,
To make the child a man, the man a child,
To slay the tiger that doth live by slaughter,
To tame the unicorn and lion wild,
To mock the subtle in themselves beguiled,
To cheer the ploughman with increaseful crops,
And waste huge stones with little water drops.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, The Rape of Lucrece

They do not love that do not show their love.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Richard III

Time … thou ceaseless lackey to eternity.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, The Rape of Lucrece

Conscience doth make cowards of us all.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, 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.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, 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.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, The Rape of Lucrece

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Troilus and Cressida

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.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Hamlet

Let every man be master of his time.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Macbeth

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, The Tempest

Good things of day begin to droop and drowse;
While night’s black agents to their preys do rouse.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES, Macbeth

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 QUOTES, Macbeth