Quotes by William Shakespeare

“A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.”

“The golden age is before us, not behind us.”

“There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.”

“But men are men the best sometimes forget.”

“'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.”

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

“Cowards die many times before their deaths the valiant never taste of death but once.”

“Death is a fearful thing.”

“The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.”

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

“The valiant never taste of death but once.”

“I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!”

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

“Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.”

“In time we hate that which we often fear.”

“Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.”

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

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

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”

“Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”

“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.”

“God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.”

“O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!”

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

“The evil that men do lives after them the good is oft interred with their bones.”

“An overflow of good converts to bad.”

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”

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

“Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.”

“Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well and yet words are not deeds.”

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces.”

“Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.”

“I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.”

“Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear.”

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

“Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land the great ones eat up the little ones.”

“When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”

“To do a great right do a little wrong.”

“There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.”

“But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.”

“Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.”

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

“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.”

“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. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

“Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.”

“Life every man holds dear but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.”

“I bear a charmed life.”

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

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

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

“Absence from those we love is self from self - a deadly banishment.”

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

“Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.”

“Speak low, if you speak love.”

“Love is too young to know what conscience is.”

“Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.”

“The love of heaven makes one heavenly.”

“They do not love that do not show their love.”

“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.”

“Women may fall when there's no strength in men.”

“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.”

“Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.”

“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.”

“Men's vows are women's traitors!”

“Men shut their doors against a setting sun.”

“Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!”

“For I can raise no money by vile means.”

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.”

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

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

“Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.”

“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”

“No, I will be the pattern of all patience I will say nothing.”

“Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.”

“I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.”

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

“We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.”

“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”

“If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.”

“Time and the hour run through the roughest day.”

“Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.”

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh when a son gives to his father, both cry.”

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”

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