William Shakespeare Quotes

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

 

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

 

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."

 

"In time we hate that which we often fear."

 

"What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god."

 

"Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful."

 

"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."

 

"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."

 

"If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul."

 

"Ambition should be made of sterner stuff."

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

"I say there is no darkness but ignorance."

 

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

 

"Give thy thoughts no tongue."

 

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

 

"And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse."

 

"False face must hide what the false heart doth know."


"Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice."

 

"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."

 

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

 

"What is done cannot be undone."

 

"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."

 

"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?"

 

"It were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion."

 

"Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall."

 

"As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words."

 

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

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