Inspirational William Shakespeare Quotes

William Shakespeare quotes
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, 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 of Avon”. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two 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. This post features some Inspirational William Shakespeare Quotes.

William Shakespeare Quotes

“Be great in act, as you have been in thought.”
― William Shakespeare

“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.”
― William Shakespeare

“Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”
― William Shakespeare

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
― William Shakespeare

“If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.”
― William Shakespeare

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
William Shakespeare

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
― William Shakespeare

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
― William Shakespeare

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
― William Shakespeare

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
― William Shakespeare

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
― William Shakespeare

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

“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.”
― William Shakespeare

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
― William Shakespeare

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
― William Shakespeare

“You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
― William Shakespeare

“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.”
― William Shakespeare

“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.”
― William Shakespeare

“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.”
― William Shakespeare

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
― William Shakespeare

“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”
― William Shakespeare

“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
William Shakespeare quotes

“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
― William Shakespeare

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
― William Shakespeare

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
― William Shakespeare

“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.”
― William Shakespeare

“There’s an old saying that applies to me: you can’t lose a game if you don’t play the game.”
― William Shakespeare

“Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.”
― William Shakespeare

“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.”
― William Shakespeare

“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
― William Shakespeare

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
― William Shakespeare

“I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!”
― William Shakespeare

“My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.”
― William Shakespeare

“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.”
― William Shakespeare

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
― William Shakespeare

“I can see he’s not in your good books,’ said the messenger.
‘No, and if he were I would burn my library.”
― William Shakespeare

“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.”
William Shakespeare quotes

“When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!”
― William Shakespeare

“They do not love that do not show their love.”
― William Shakespeare

“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”
― William Shakespeare

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
― William Shakespeare

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
― William Shakespeare

“He that is thy friend indeed,
He will help thee in thy need:
If thou sorrow, he will weep;
If thou wake, he cannot sleep:
Thus of every grief in heart
He with thee doth bear a part.
These are certain signs to know
Faithful friend from flattering foe.”
― William Shakespeare

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

“Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.”
― William Shakespeare

“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. ”
― William Shakespeare

“God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.”
― William Shakespeare

“Men in rage strike those that wish them best.”
― William Shakespeare

“We know what we are, but not what we may be.”
― William Shakespeare

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
William Shakespeare quotes

“You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings
and soar with them above a common bound.”
― William Shakespeare

“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 bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.”
― William Shakespeare

“If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.”
― William Shakespeare

“Listen to many, speak to a few.”
― William Shakespeare

“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.”
― William Shakespeare

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
― William Shakespeare

“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume.”
William Shakespeare quotes

“I must be cruel only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.”
― William Shakespeare

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”
― William Shakespeare

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”
― William Shakespeare

“What’s done cannot be undone.”
― William Shakespeare

“Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!”
― William Shakespeare

“Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night.”
― William Shakespeare

“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
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

“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
― William Shakespeare

“Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is!”
― William Shakespeare

“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
William Shakespeare quotes

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
― William Shakespeare

“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
― William Shakespeare

“The breaking of so great a thing should make
A greater crack: the round world
Should have shook lions into civil streets,
And citizens to their dens.”
― William Shakespeare

“Life … is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
― William Shakespeare

“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 wand’ring 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

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8 Comments


  1. Thank you for putting this together. I will revisit this page in the future.

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  2. Living young, hidden rebirth within a poetic value,

    all the world is a play,

    there is no time to rehearse.

    Open the curtain, the show must go on…

    i also see that you dropped by for a read,

    thank you,

    chris

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  3. Shakespeare had a way with words like no other. His is truly an untouchable greatness. Love seeing all these together :0).

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  4. Anyone curious to unlock Shakespeare’s talents should read or listen to the book Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth. It’s a fantastic book on the rhetorical techniques that made Shakespeare Shakespearian.

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  5. You are a good writer.I want to be a blogger like you.

    Reply

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