William Shakespeare (1564-1616) quotes

 

  • A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man known himself to be a fool.
  • An overflow of good converts to bad.
  • As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
  • Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
  • Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
  • Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
  • But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
  • But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
  • Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
  • Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.
  • Expectation is the root of all heartache.
  • Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
  • Give thy thoughts no tongue.
  • Having nothing, nothing can he lose.
  • He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer.
  • Hell is empty and the devils are here.
  • How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
  • I am not bound to please thee with my answer.
  • I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano: A stage where every man must play a part, and mine is a sad one.
  • I say there is no darkness but ignorance.
  • If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
  • Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
  • It is a wise father that knows his own child.
  • It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
  • Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
  • Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.
  • Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
  • Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.
  • Nothing can come of nothing.
  • O' what may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!
  • One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
  • Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we often might win by fearing to attempt.
  • Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
  • Such as we are made of, such we be.
  • Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.
  • Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
  • The evil that men do lives after them; the good is often interred with their bones.
  • The golden age is before us, not behind us.
  • There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
  • This above all; to thine own self be true.
  • 'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
  • To be, or not to be: that is the question.
  • To do a great right do a little wrong.
  • We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
  • What's done can't be undone.
  • When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
  • When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
  • Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

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