William Shakespeare Quotes

Most popular William Shakespeare Quotes

Thought is free.
β€” William Shakespeare

thinking

Shunless destiny.
β€” William Shakespeare
They laugh that win.
β€” William Shakespeare
The ripeness is all.
β€” William Shakespeare

time

Action is eloquence.
β€” William Shakespeare (Coriolanus)

action eloquence

What's done is done.
β€” William Shakespeare
Answer me in one word.
β€” William Shakespeare
Greatness knows itself.
β€” William Shakespeare
What's past is prologue.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Tempest)

history the past

We cannot all be masters.
β€” William Shakespeare
We have seen better days.
β€” William Shakespeare
Love is merely a madness.
β€” William Shakespeare
Grief makes one hour ten.
β€” William Shakespeare (Richard II)

sorrow

Truth will come to light.
β€” William Shakespeare
Men of few words are best.
β€” William Shakespeare
Talkers are no good doers.
β€” William Shakespeare
To thine own self be true.
β€” William Shakespeare
Patch grief with proverbs.
β€” William Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing)

proverbs sorrow

In the end truth will out.
β€” William Shakespeare

truth

Brevity is the soul of wit.
β€” William Shakespeare

brevity humor

Are you up to your destiny?
β€” William Shakespeare
Every why hath a wherefore.
β€” William Shakespeare
Love reasons without reason.
β€” William Shakespeare
Speak less than thou knowest.
β€” William Shakespeare
The ripest fruit first falls.
β€” William Shakespeare
Speak low, if you speak love.
β€” William Shakespeare
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream.
β€” William Shakespeare

dreams (during sleep) sleep

I shall laugh myself to death.
β€” William Shakespeare
These trees shall be my books.
β€” William Shakespeare
'Tis deeds must win the prize.
β€” William Shakespeare
What is a city but the people?
β€” William Shakespeare
Our fears do make us traitors.
β€” William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

fear

My pride fell with my fortunes.
β€” William Shakespeare

misfortune

Our content is our best having.
β€” William Shakespeare
Appetite [is] a universal wolf.
β€” William Shakespeare
Confess thee freely of thy sin.
β€” William Shakespeare
Youth's a stuff will not endure.
β€” William Shakespeare (Twelfth-Night)

youth

A wish is father to the thought.
β€” William Shakespeare
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
β€” William Shakespeare (All’s Well That Ends Well)

legacy

My love's richer than my tongue.
β€” William Shakespeare
Memory, the warder of the brain.
β€” William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

memory

Pray you now, forget and forgive.
β€” William Shakespeare
Hear the meaning within the word.
β€” William Shakespeare
Contentment wears the hues of joy.
β€” William Shakespeare
Men of few words are the best men.
β€” William Shakespeare

men silence

Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy.
β€” William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

adversity philosophy

When the age is in, the wit is out.
β€” William Shakespeare
Prosperity β€” the very bond of love.
β€” William Shakespeare
Hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
β€” William Shakespeare
There is no darkness but ignorance.
β€” William Shakespeare (Twelfth-Night)

ignorance

Such as we are made of, such we be.
β€” William Shakespeare
He wears the rose
of youth upon him.
β€” William Shakespeare (Antony and Cleopatra)

youth

Virtue is choked with foul ambition.
β€” William Shakespeare
Friendly counsel cuts off many foes.
β€” William Shakespeare
How use doth breed a habit in a man!
β€” William Shakespeare
Jesters do oft prove to be prophets.
β€” William Shakespeare
Memory [is] the warder of the brain.
β€” William Shakespeare
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
β€” William Shakespeare (Titus Andronicus)

mercy

We have some salt of our youth in us.
β€” William Shakespeare
O Beauty,
Till now I never knew thee.
β€” William Shakespeare (Henry VIII)

beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
β€” William Shakespeare

beauty

One man in his time plays many parts.
β€” William Shakespeare
If music be the food of love, play on.
β€” William Shakespeare (Twelfth-Night)

love music

Show boldness and aspiring confidence.
β€” William Shakespeare
We must follow, not force, providence.
β€” William Shakespeare
There is a history in all men's lives.
β€” William Shakespeare
We rarely like the virtues we have not.
β€” William Shakespeare
He is well paid that is well satisfied.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

satisfaction

'Tis the mind that makes the body rich.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Taming of the Shrew)

mind

The better part of valor is discretion.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Henry IV, Part 1)
But for my own part, it was Greek to me.
β€” William Shakespeare
We are advertis'd by our loving friends.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Henry VI , Part 3)

friendship

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
β€” William Shakespeare
We are advertised by our loving friends.
β€” William Shakespeare
For you and I are past our dancing days.
β€” William Shakespeare
O! that this too solid flesh would melt.
β€” William Shakespeare

dieting

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy.
β€” William Shakespeare
Nothing can seem foul to those that win.
β€” William Shakespeare
We must not make a scarecrow of the law.
β€” William Shakespeare
Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.
β€” William Shakespeare

holding your tongue listening

I hope I shall have leisure to make good.
β€” William Shakespeare
It is a wise father that knows his child.
β€” William Shakespeare
The younger rises when the old doth fall.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Lear)

youth & age

The inaudible and noiseless foot of Time.
β€” William Shakespeare
A flock of blessings light upon thy back.
β€” William Shakespeare

good wishes

Simply the thing I am shall make me live.
β€” William Shakespeare
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
β€” William Shakespeare (Richard II)

time

Society is no comfort to one not sociable.
β€” William Shakespeare
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
β€” William Shakespeare

opinions

I will praise any man that will praise me.
β€” William Shakespeare

praise

The cock, that is the trumpet of the morn.
β€” William Shakespeare
Nimble thought can jump both sea and land.
β€” William Shakespeare
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
β€” William Shakespeare (Othello)

contentment

Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.
β€” William Shakespeare
The valiant never taste of death but once.
β€” William Shakespeare
These words are razors to my wounded heart.
β€” William Shakespeare
One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
β€” William Shakespeare

enemies

Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied.
β€” William Shakespeare
No profit grows where is no pleasure taken.
β€” William Shakespeare
Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
β€” William Shakespeare
Success 'tis more by fortune than by merit.
β€” William Shakespeare
They jest at scars, that never felt a wound.
β€” William Shakespeare
Woe to that land that's governed by a child!
β€” William Shakespeare
I wonder men dare trust themselves with men.
β€” William Shakespeare

men trust

My salad days,
When I was green in judgment.
β€” William Shakespeare (Antony and Cleopatra)

youth

Great floods have flown from simple sources.
β€” William Shakespeare
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
β€” William Shakespeare

love

They do not love who do not show their love.
β€” William Shakespeare
The course of true love never did run smooth.
β€” William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

adversity love

The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.
β€” William Shakespeare
'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.
β€” William Shakespeare (Pericles, Prince of Tyre)

tyranny

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

deceit

If two ride on a horse, one must ride behind.
β€” William Shakespeare
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
β€” William Shakespeare

father parenting

Men in rage strike those that wish them best.
β€” William Shakespeare (Othello)

rage

A heaven on earth I have won, by wooing thee.
β€” William Shakespeare
Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
β€” William Shakespeare
To be or not to be . . . that is the question.
β€” William Shakespeare
Striving to do better, oft we mar what's well.
β€” William Shakespeare
Modest doubt is call'd the beacon of the wise.
β€” William Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida)

doubt

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
β€” William Shakespeare

brotherhood of man nature

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.
β€” William Shakespeare
We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.
β€” William Shakespeare

time

A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.
β€” William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

friendship

Perseverance, dear my lord, keeps honor bright.
β€” William Shakespeare
Love sought is good, but given unsought better.
β€” William Shakespeare

love

So wise so young, they say, do never live long.
β€” William Shakespeare
The course of true love never did run smoothly.
β€” William Shakespeare
Let none presume
To wear an undeserved dignity.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

dignity

Self-love is not so vile a sin as self-neglect.
β€” William Shakespeare
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Tempest)

misery

Who wooed in haste and means to wed at leisure?
β€” William Shakespeare
I never knew so young a body with so old a head.
β€” William Shakespeare
Honest plain words best pierce the ear of grief.
β€” William Shakespeare (Love’s Labour Lost)

sorrow

Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
β€” William Shakespeare

alcohol

What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.
β€” William Shakespeare
Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed.
β€” William Shakespeare

fear

So wise, so young, they say, do never live long.
β€” William Shakespeare
Every one can master a grief but he that has it.
β€” William Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing)

sorrow

April hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.
β€” William Shakespeare

nature springtime

No man's pie is freed from his ambitious finger.
β€” William Shakespeare
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

potential

To see sad sights moves more than hear them told.
β€” William Shakespeare
One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail.
β€” William Shakespeare
How like a Winter hath my absence been
From thee.
β€” William Shakespeare (Sonnets)

absence

The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.
β€” William Shakespeare
When clouds are seen a wise man puts on his coat.
β€” William Shakespeare
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
β€” William Shakespeare

fortune luck

There's a language in her eye, her cheek, her lip.
β€” William Shakespeare
'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
β€” William Shakespeare

food

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
β€” William Shakespeare (Henry VI)

lawyers

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.
β€” William Shakespeare
See that you come not to woo honor, but to wed it.
β€” William Shakespeare
Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.
β€” William Shakespeare
Our virtues lie in the interpretation of the time.
β€” William Shakespeare
Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
β€” William Shakespeare

love

The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.
β€” William Shakespeare

health

The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.
β€” William Shakespeare (Measure for Measure)

hope

Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.
β€” William Shakespeare (Henry V)

patience

Music [is] that moody food of us that trade in love.
β€” William Shakespeare
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
β€” William Shakespeare
The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.
β€” William Shakespeare

hope

Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.
β€” William Shakespeare
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
β€” William Shakespeare
I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.
β€” William Shakespeare
Let not women's weapons, waterdrops, stain my cheeks.
β€” William Shakespeare
Past, and to come, seems best; things present, worst.
β€” William Shakespeare
All lovers swear more performance than they are able.
β€” William Shakespeare

sex

What is a stronger breastplate than a heart untainted?
β€” William Shakespeare
The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.
β€” William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

foolishness

You pay a great deal too dear for what's given freely.
β€” William Shakespeare
There is neither good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
β€” William Shakespeare

evil Goodness

Company, villainous company, hath been the spoil of me.
β€” William Shakespeare
Good night.  Good night.  Parting is such sweet sorrow.
β€” William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

sorrow

Out of my lean and low ability
I'll lend you something.
β€” William Shakespeare (Twelfth-Night)

ability

That wordβ€”grace,
In an ungracious mouth, is but profane.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Richard II)

grace

I wonder of people who dare trust themselves with others.
β€” William Shakespeare
Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Henry IV, Part I)

danger safety

Is there any cause in nature that makes these hard hearts?
β€” William Shakespeare
Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
β€” William Shakespeare
You take my life
When you do take the means whereby I live.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

unemployment

What he hath scanted men in hair, he hath given them in wit.
β€” William Shakespeare
My salad days,. When I was green in judgment, cold in blood.
β€” William Shakespeare

youth

How much better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping.
β€” William Shakespeare
What he hath seamed. men in hair, he hath given them in wit.
β€” William Shakespeare

beauty

Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting.
β€” William Shakespeare
Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners.
β€” William Shakespeare
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
β€” William Shakespeare

attitude

Always the dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.
β€” William Shakespeare
Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!
β€” William Shakespeare

lying

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.
β€” William Shakespeare

fate

Look down, you gods, And on this couple drop a blessed crown.
β€” William Shakespeare

weddings

God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

cosmetics face makeup

All things that are, are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.
β€” William Shakespeare (Wanting)
'Tis a common proof that lowliness is young ambition's ladder.
β€” William Shakespeare
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
β€” William Shakespeare
Who shall be true to us, when we are so unsecret to ourselves?
β€” William Shakespeare
The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveller returns.
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

afterlife death

'Tis ever common that men are merriest when they are from home.
β€” William Shakespeare
But age, with his stealing steps, hath clawed me in his clutch.
β€” William Shakespeare
Men must endure their going hence, even as their coming hither.
β€” William Shakespeare
The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.
β€” William Shakespeare (All’s Well That Ends Well)

life

For love of grace,
Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

flattery

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.
β€” William Shakespeare
Oft expectation fails and most oft there
Where most it promises.
β€” William Shakespeare (All’s Well That Ends Well)

expectation

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to heaven.
β€” William Shakespeare
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven.
β€” William Shakespeare (All’s Well That Ends Well)

self-reliance

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.
β€” William Shakespeare
When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
But in battalions.
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

sorrow

But screw your courage to the sticking place, and you'll not fail.
β€” William Shakespeare

courage

But I am pigeon-liver'd, and lack gall. To make oppression bitter.
β€” William Shakespeare

oppression

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
We write in water.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Henry VIII)

virtue

To thy own self be true . . . Then to all others, you will be too.
β€” William Shakespeare
The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.
β€” William Shakespeare
A good name in men and women is the immediate jewel of their souls.
β€” William Shakespeare
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Lear)

children ingratitude

I set it down that
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

deceit

The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
β€” William Shakespeare

theater

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination all compact.
β€” William Shakespeare
Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.
β€” William Shakespeare
As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
β€” William Shakespeare

competition

There's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will.
β€” William Shakespeare
Make the coming hour over flow with joy, and pleasure drown the brim.
β€” William Shakespeare
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
β€” William Shakespeare

imagination

As he was valiant, I honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him.
β€” William Shakespeare

ambition

What you cannot as you would achieve, you must accomplish as you may.
β€” William Shakespeare
O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
β€” William Shakespeare
To business that we love, we rise betimes, and go to it with delight.
β€” William Shakespeare
Lay aside life-harming heaviness and entertain a cheerful disposition.
β€” William Shakespeare
Confess yourself to heaven; Repent what's past; avoid what is to come.
β€” William Shakespeare
The best wishes that can be forged in your thoughts be servants to you.
β€” William Shakespeare
Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?
β€” William Shakespeare

sex

A women's age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.
β€” William Shakespeare
I have set my life upon a cast, and I will stand the hazard of the die.
β€” William Shakespeare
By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too.
β€” William Shakespeare
True nobility is exempt from fear. Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
β€” William Shakespeare
'Tis but a base ignoble mind
That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Henry VI)

aspiration

The time of life is short; to spend that shortness basely were too long.
β€” William Shakespeare
Beauty itself doth of itself persuade
The eyes of men without an orator.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Rape of Lucrece)

beauty

When we are born, we cry that we are come. To this great stage of fools.
β€” William Shakespeare

life

Will fortune never come with both hands full?" "A hazard of new fortunes.
β€” William Shakespeare
As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods.
They kill us for their sport.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Lear)

gods

To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.
β€” William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

love

Blow, blow, thou winter wind!
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude.
β€” William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

ingratitude

Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty, youth's a stuff that will not endure.
β€” William Shakespeare
The art of our necessities is strange, that can make vile things precious.
β€” William Shakespeare
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Lear)

vice

How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!
β€” William Shakespeare

unhappiness

How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
β€” William Shakespeare
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
β€” William Shakespeare

Fools wisdom

She's beautiful and therefore to be wooed. She is woman, therefore to be won.
β€” William Shakespeare
For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.
β€” William Shakespeare

pain philosophy

Let me embrace thee, sour Adversity,
For wise men say it is the wisest course.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Henry VI)

adversity

The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o'er a decree.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

temper

If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Henry IV, Part I)

play work & play

O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!
β€” William Shakespeare (Othello)

alcohol

If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.
β€” William Shakespeare

leisure

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
β€” William Shakespeare

ignorance knowledge

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
β€” William Shakespeare

love

Mine honor is my life; both grow in one; take honor from me and my life is done.
β€” William Shakespeare
An enterprise, when fairly begun, should not be left till all that ought is won.
β€” William Shakespeare
Master, go on, and I will follow thee,
To the last gasp, with truth and loyalty.
β€” William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

loyalty

Let Hercules himself do what he may, the cat will mew and dog will have his day.
β€” William Shakespeare
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.
β€” William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

evil good and evil

There is no vice so simple, but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

vice & virtue

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, 
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.
β€” William Shakespeare

time

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.
β€” William Shakespeare
Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; Robbed and furr'd gowns hide all.
β€” William Shakespeare (King Lear)

vice

I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul remembering my good friends.
β€” William Shakespeare
Friendship is constant in all other things save in the office and affairs of love.
β€” William Shakespeare
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet, though to itself it only live and die.
β€” William Shakespeare
A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
β€” William Shakespeare

wealth

But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!
β€” William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

happiness

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;
The thief doth fear each bush an officer.
β€” William Shakespeare (Henry VI)

guilt

Friendship is constant in all other things. Save in the office and affairs of love.
β€” William Shakespeare

friendship

But love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit.
β€” William Shakespeare
How poor are they that have not patience!  What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
β€” William Shakespeare (Othello)

patience

'Tis true that we are in great danger; the greater therefore should our courage be.
β€” William Shakespeare
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
β€” William Shakespeare
Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ.
β€” William Shakespeare (Othello)

jealousy

Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,
And vice sometime's by action dignified.
β€” William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

vice & virtue

Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.
β€” William Shakespeare

jealousy

But when I tell him he hates flatterers,
He says he does, being then most flattered.
β€” William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

flattery

What fates impose, that me must needs abide; it boots not resist both wind and tide.
β€” William Shakespeare
Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once.
β€” William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

cowardice

Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest.
β€” William Shakespeare
Give me that man that is not passion's slave, and I will wear him in my heart's core.
β€” William Shakespeare
How far that little candle throws its beam! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
β€” William Shakespeare
Friendship is constant in in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love.
β€” William Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing)

friendship

Love's heralds should be thoughts, which ten times faster glide than the sun's beams.
β€” William Shakespeare
Good reasons must, of force, give place to better. Strong reasons make strong actions.
β€” William Shakespeare
There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
β€” William Shakespeare
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
β€” William Shakespeare
Affection is a coal that must be cool'd
Else, suffered, it will set the heart of fire.
β€” William Shakespeare (Venus and Adonis)

affection

And many strokes, though with a little ax, hew down and fell the hardest timbered oak.
β€” William Shakespeare
Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead; excessive grief the enemy to the living.
β€” William Shakespeare (All’s Well That Ends Well)

sorrow

Time's glory is to calm contending kings, to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light.
β€” William Shakespeare
The mind by passion driven from its firm hold, becomes a feather to each wind that blows.
β€” William Shakespeare
Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
β€” William Shakespeare (Measure for Measure)

doubt

Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor: for 'tis the mind that makes the body rich.
β€” William Shakespeare
O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
β€” William Shakespeare
For 'tis a question left us yet to prove, whether love lead fortune, or else fortune love.
β€” William Shakespeare
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
β€” William Shakespeare
Graze on my lips; and if those hills be dry
Stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.
β€” William Shakespeare (Venus and Adonis)

sex

What thou wilt, thou must rather enforce it with thy smile, than hew to it with thy sword.
β€” William Shakespeare
Crabbed age and youth cannot live together. Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care.
β€” William Shakespeare
My comfort is that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, can do no more spoil upon my face.
β€” William Shakespeare

face

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
β€” William Shakespeare
Give everyone thine ear, but few thy voice: Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
β€” William Shakespeare
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stol'n,
Let him not know't, and he's not robbed at all.
β€” William Shakespeare (Othello)

loss

Day doth daily draw my sorrow's longer,
And night doth nightly make grief's length seem longer.
β€” William Shakespeare (Sonnets)

sorrow

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead!
β€” William Shakespeare

war

I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
β€” William Shakespeare

reputation

Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.
β€” William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

kindness

Ingratitude, more strong than traitor's arms,
Quite vanquished him: then burst his mighty heart.
β€” William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

ingratitude

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;. Or close the wall up with our English dead.
β€” William Shakespeare

courage

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
β€” William Shakespeare (Othello)

reputation

A jest's prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, never in the tongue of him that makes it.
β€” William Shakespeare
Refrain tonight,
And that shall lend a kind of easiness
To the next abstinence; the next more easy.
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

abstinence

I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sadβ€” and to travel for it, too.
β€” William Shakespeare

Fools

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!  It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.
β€” William Shakespeare (Othello)

jealousy

A man may fish with the worm that hath eaten of a king, and eat the fish that hath fed of that worm.
β€” William Shakespeare
I am giddy; expectation whirls me round.
The imaginary relish is so sweet
That it enchants my sense.
β€” William Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida)

expectation

I do love my country's good with a respect more tender, more holy, more profound, than mine own life.
β€” William Shakespeare
I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. Why, as men do on land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
β€” William Shakespeare
A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
β€” William Shakespeare

peace

Fling away ambition. By that sin angels fell. How then can men, the image of their Maker, hope to win by it?
β€” William Shakespeare
I love thee, I love but thee, With a love that shall not die Till the sun grows cold, And the stars are old.
β€” William Shakespeare
Sweet are the uses of adversity
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
β€” William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

adversity

Be not afraid of greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
β€” William Shakespeare (Twelfth-Night)

greatness

To me, fair friend, you never can be old. For as you were when first your eye I eyed, such seems your beauty still.
β€” William Shakespeare
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
β€” William Shakespeare

fame

Promising is the very air o' the time; it opens the eyes of expectation: performance is ever the duller for his act.
β€” William Shakespeare

expectation

Time's the king of men;
He's both their parent, and he is their grave,
And gives them what he will, not what they crave.
β€” William Shakespeare (Pericles)

time

Neither a borrower nor a lender be, For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
β€” William Shakespeare

credit

His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world 'this was a man.
β€” William Shakespeare

praise

He took the bride about the neck
And kiss'd her with such a clamorous smack
That, at the parting, all the church did echo.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Taming of the Shrew)

kiss

His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, this was a man!
β€” William Shakespeare
You see, my good wenches, how men of merit are sought after. The undeserver may sleep, when the man of action is called on.
β€” William Shakespeare

merit

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

action

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

integrity

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

authenticity be yourself the self

And thus I clothe my naked villainy
With odd old ends stol'n forth of holy writ,
And seem a saint when most I play the devil.
β€” William Shakespeare (Richard III)

saint

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought.
β€” William Shakespeare
Write till your ink be dry, and with your tears
Moist it again; and frame some feeling line;
That may discover such integrity.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Two Gentleman of Verona)

writing advice

This above all: to thine own self be true,. And it must follow, as the night the day,. Thou canst not then be false to any man.
β€” William Shakespeare
If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come; the readiness is all.
β€” William Shakespeare
His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand on its feet and say to all the world-this was a man.
β€” William Shakespeare

men

I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse: borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.
β€” William Shakespeare

credit

Men, at some time, are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
β€” William Shakespeare
And appetite, a universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce an universal prey
And last eat up himself.
β€” William Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida)

appetite

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
β€” William Shakespeare
All the world's a stage and all the men are merely players. They have their entrances and their exits, and one man in his time plays many parts.
β€” William Shakespeare
When we have matched our rackets to these balls,. We will in France, by God's grace, play a set. Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.
β€” William Shakespeare

tennis

I hate ingratitude more in a man
Than lying, vainness, babbling drunkenness,
Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption
Inhabits our frail blood.
β€” William Shakespeare (Twelfth-Night)

ingratitude

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.
β€” William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

the world

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.
β€” William Shakespeare

theater

An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath.
β€” William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

evil

For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, an age of discord and continual strife? Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss, and is a pattern of celestial peace.
β€” William Shakespeare
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
β€” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

trouble

Not the artful postures of love, but love that overthrows life. Unbiddable, ungovernable, like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture.
β€” William Shakespeare

love

Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great natures second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
β€” William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

sleep

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's a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
β€” William Shakespeare

life

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.
β€” William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

life

If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it that, surfeiting,. The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again, it had a dying fall. Oh, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound.
β€” William Shakespeare
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.
β€” William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

fortune