William Shakespeare quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan


Regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Before his death in 1616, he had created 39 plays, 154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems. His plays are performed more often than those of any other playwright and many movies/adaptions have been made with his stories. Known for comedies, history and tragedies, he was able to express many different topics/themes that are still interesting today.

  • “For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, action nor utterance, nor the power of speech, to stir men’s blood. I only speak right on. I tell you that which you yourselves do know.” William Shakespeare
  • “The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare
  • “The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.” William Shakespeare
  • “How far that little candle throws his beams!” William Shakespeare
  • “Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.” Julius Caesar  William Shakespeare
  • “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” William Shakespeare
  • “Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.” William Shakespeare
  • “A wretched soul bruised with adversity,We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;But were we burdened with like weight of pain,As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.” William Shakespeare
  • “Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action.” William Shakespeare
  • “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” William Shakespeare
  • “He that stands upon a slippery place, makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up” William Shakespeare
  • “Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.” William Shakespeare
  • “Listen to many, speak to a few.” William Shakespeare
  • “Do all men kill the things they do not love?” William Shakespeare
  • “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” William Shakespeare
  • “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 heart is true as steel.” William Shakespeare
  • “This world to me is like a lasting storm,Whirring me from my friends.” William Shakespeare
  • “Teach thy necessity to reason thus; There is no virtue like necessity.” William Shakespeare
  • “I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.” William Shakespeare
  • “Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.” William Shakespeare
  • “Your tale sir, would cure deafness.” William Shakespeare
  • “And where two waging fires meet together They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.Though little fire grows great with little wind,Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.” William Shakespeare
  • “Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.” William Shakespeare
  • “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination all compact.” William Shakespeare
  • “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” William Shakespeare
  • “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” William Shakespeare
  • “Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits.” William Shakespeare
  • “He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.” William Shakespeare
  • “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.” William Shakespeare

Macbeth may be my favourite story him. His style and influence is definitely original content that you can clearly see. No wonder people have been making adaptions of his stories for nearly 500 years.

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