Shakespeare Quotes on Life

We have compiled these Shakespeare quotes on life from some of his greatest plays:

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
~William Shakespeare

Polonius: My honorable lord, I will most humbly take my leave of you.
Hamlet: You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal; except my life, except my life, except my life.
~From Hamlet

I do not set my life at a pin’s fee;
And set my soul, what can it do to that,
Being a thing immortal as itself?
~From Hamlet

There’s hope a great man’s memory may outlive his life half a year.
~From Hamlet

I am not yet of Percy’s mind, the Hotspur of the North; he that kills me some six or seven dozen of Scots as a breakfast, washes his hands, and says to his wife, ‘Fie upon this quiet life! I want work.’
~From Henry IV

I would be well content
To entertain the lag-end of my life
With quiet hours.
~ From Henry IV

But thought’s the slave of life, and life time’s fool;
And time, that takes survey of all the world,
Must have a stop.
~From Henry IV

Think of this life; but, for my single self,
I had as lief not be as live to be
In awe of such a thing as I myself.
~ From Julius Caesar

But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
~ From Julius Caesar

There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
~ From Julius Caesar

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
~King John

Nothing in his life
Became him like the leaving it; he died
As one that had been studied in his death
To throw away the dearest thing he owed,
As it were a careless trifle.

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
~From Macbeth, More Shakespeare quotes.

Thriftless ambition, that wilt ravin up
Thine own life’s means!

To live a barren sister all your life,
Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.
~A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Unkindness may do much;
And his unkindness may defeat my life,
But never taint my love.

I bear a charmed life.
~William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

I have set my life upon a cast,
And I will stand the hazard of the die.
~Richard III

Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
~ From William Shakespeare’s King John

Love is too young to know what conscience is.
~ more Shakespeare Love Quotes

Like madness is the glory of this life.
~From Timon of Athens

I love long life better than figs.
~From Antony and Cleopatra

There’s hope a great man’s memory may outlive his life half a year.
~From Hamlet

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