Quotes by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as both the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon".

Quotes by William Shakespeare

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.

- William ShakespeareWine

The course of true love never did run smooth.

- William ShakespeareLove, Valentine's Day

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

- William ShakespeareLove

They do not love that do not show their love.

- William ShakespeareLove, Relationships

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

- William Shakespeare

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

- William ShakespeareAmbition

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

- William ShakespeareLove, Trust

All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold.

- William Shakespeare

Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff,
Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough. [...]
Be bloody, bold, and resolute: laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of womas born
Shall harm Macbeth. [...]
Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care
Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are.
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.

- William Shakespeare in Macbeth

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
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 anf fury,
Signifying nothing.

- William Shakespeare in Macbeth

A quart of ale is a dish for a king.

- William ShakespeareBeer

Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but love.

- William Shakespeare in Love's Labour's LostLove

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

- William Shakespeare

Hell is empty, devils are here!

- William Shakespeare, Der SturmDevil

Never play with the feelings of others, because you may win the game, but the risk is that you will surely lose the person for a life time.

- William Shakespeare

For women are as Roses, whose fairr flowre,
Being once displaid, doth fall that verie howre.

- William Shakespeare in Twelfth NightWomen, Flowers & Roses

Alacke, there lies more perill in thine eye,
Then twenty of their swords, looke thou but sweete,
And I am proofe against their enmity.
My life were better ended by their hate,
Then death proroged wanting of thy Love.

- William Shakespeare in Romeo and JulietLove

I would there were no age betweene ten and three and twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest: for there is nothing (in the betweene) but getting wenches with childe, wronging the Auncientry, stealing, fighting, hearke you now.

- William Shakespeare (Ein Wintermärchen)Youth

Well roar'd Lion.

- William Shakespeare in Ein SommernachtstraumLöwen

The rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance.

- William Shakespeare in Der SturmForgiveness & Mercy, Revenge

Where words are scarse, they are seldome spent in vaine.

- William Shakespeare in Richard IIWords

There are more things in Heaven and Earth
Than are dream't of in your Philosophy

- William Shakespeare in HamletEducation, School

To be, or not to be, that is the question

- William Shakespeare in HamletFamous Quotes

Life's a play written by an idiot full of laughter and fury, signifying nothing.

- William ShakespeareLife

It was the Nightingale, and not the Larke

- William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet

For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

- William Shakespeare in HamletThinking, Good and Evil

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

- William ShakespeareHumanity, Appearance