William Shakespeare Quotes and Sayings

Here are some famous quotes by Shakespeare

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination all compact.

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.

Speak low, if you speak love.

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.

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

Love is too young to know what conscience is.

Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word.

Give thy thoughts no tongue.

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?

I must be cruel only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.

There’s place and means for every man alive.

I am not bound to please thee with my answers.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

God bless thee; and put meekness in thy mind, love, charity, obedience, and true duty!

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till by broad spreading it disperses to naught.

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

Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind,
As man’s ingratitude.

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.

Assume a virtue, if you have it not.

Listen to many, speak to a few.

Action is eloquence.

Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.

Now good digestion wait on appetite, And health on both!

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

There’s small choice in rotten apples.

Be it not in thy care. Go, I charge thee, invite them all; let in the tide Of knaves once more; my cook and I’ll provide.

Then get thee gone and dig my grave thyself, And bid the merry bells ring to thine ear That thou are crowned, not that I am dead.

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

So holy and so perfect is my love, And I in such a poverty of grace, That I shall think it a most plenteous crop To glean the broken ears after the man That the main harvest reaps.

Let Hercules himself do what he may, The cat will mew, and dog will have his day.

When he shall die Take him and cut him 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.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man.

I am your host. With robber’s hands in my hospitable favors You should not ruffle thus.

The ripest fruit first falls.

Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.

Tempt not a desperate man.

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

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.

To take arms against a sea of troubles.

It is one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.

There’s place and means for every man alive.

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

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