William Shakespeare Quotes

Most popular William Shakespeare Quotes

Thought is free.
— William Shakespeare

thinking

Shunless destiny.
— William Shakespeare
The ripeness is all.
— William Shakespeare

time

Action is eloquence.

action eloquence

What's done is done.
— William Shakespeare
They laugh that win.
— William Shakespeare
Answer me in one word.
— William Shakespeare
Greatness knows itself.
— William Shakespeare
What's past is prologue.

history the past

We have seen better days.
— William Shakespeare
We cannot all be masters.
— William Shakespeare
Truth will come to light.
— William Shakespeare
Love is merely a madness.
— William Shakespeare
Grief makes one hour ten.

sorrow

Patch grief with proverbs.

proverbs sorrow

Men of few words are best.
— William Shakespeare
In the end truth will out.
— William Shakespeare

truth

Talkers are no good doers.
— William Shakespeare
To thine own self be true.
— William Shakespeare
Every why hath a wherefore.
— William Shakespeare
Are you up to your destiny?
— William Shakespeare
Brevity is the soul of wit.
— William Shakespeare

brevity humor

Love reasons without reason.
— William Shakespeare
The ripest fruit first falls.
— William Shakespeare
Speak low, if you speak love.
— William Shakespeare
Speak less than thou knowest.
— William Shakespeare
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream.
— William Shakespeare

dreams (during sleep) sleep

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

fear

Appetite [is] a universal wolf.
— William Shakespeare
Our content is our best having.
— William Shakespeare
Confess thee freely of thy sin.
— William Shakespeare
My pride fell with my fortunes.
— William Shakespeare

misfortune

A wish is father to the thought.
— William Shakespeare
Memory, the warder of the brain.

memory

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

legacy

My love's richer than my tongue.
— William Shakespeare
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

youth

Pray you now, forget and forgive.
— William Shakespeare
Hear the meaning within the word.
— William Shakespeare
Men of few words are the best men.
— William Shakespeare

men silence

Contentment wears the hues of joy.
— William Shakespeare
When the age is in, the wit is out.
— William Shakespeare
Prosperity — the very bond of love.
— William Shakespeare
There is no darkness but ignorance.

ignorance

Hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
— William Shakespeare
Such as we are made of, such we be.
— William Shakespeare
Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy.

adversity philosophy

Virtue is choked with foul ambition.
— William Shakespeare
How use doth breed a habit in a man!
— William Shakespeare
He wears the rose
of youth upon him.

youth

Jesters do oft prove to be prophets.
— William Shakespeare
Memory [is] the warder of the brain.
— William Shakespeare
Friendly counsel cuts off many foes.
— William Shakespeare
One man in his time plays many parts.
— William Shakespeare
We have some salt of our youth in us.
— William Shakespeare
O Beauty,
Till now I never knew thee.

beauty

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

mercy

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
— William Shakespeare

beauty

Show boldness and aspiring confidence.
— William Shakespeare
If music be the food of love, play on.

love music

There is a history in all men's lives.
— William Shakespeare
We must follow, not force, providence.
— William Shakespeare
The better part of valor is discretion.
We rarely like the virtues we have not.
— William Shakespeare
He is well paid that is well satisfied.

satisfaction

'Tis the mind that makes the body rich.

mind

Nothing can seem foul to those that win.
— William Shakespeare
We are advertised by our loving friends.
— William Shakespeare
We must not make a scarecrow of the law.
— William Shakespeare
O! that this too solid flesh would melt.
— William Shakespeare

dieting

But for my own part, it was Greek to me.
— William Shakespeare
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
— William Shakespeare
We are advertis'd by our loving friends.

friendship

For you and I are past our dancing days.
— William Shakespeare
Silence is the perfectest herald of joy.
— William Shakespeare
The inaudible and noiseless foot of Time.
— William Shakespeare
Simply the thing I am shall make me live.
— William Shakespeare
It is a wise father that knows his child.
— William Shakespeare
Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.
— William Shakespeare

holding your tongue listening

The younger rises when the old doth fall.

youth & age

A flock of blessings light upon thy back.
— William Shakespeare

good wishes

I hope I shall have leisure to make good.
— William Shakespeare
The valiant never taste of death but once.
— William Shakespeare
Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.
— William Shakespeare
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

time

I will praise any man that will praise me.
— William Shakespeare

praise

Nimble thought can jump both sea and land.
— William Shakespeare
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
— William Shakespeare

opinions

Society is no comfort to one not sociable.
— William Shakespeare
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

contentment

The cock, that is the trumpet of the morn.
— William Shakespeare
No profit grows where is no pleasure taken.
— William Shakespeare
Success 'tis more by fortune than by merit.
— William Shakespeare
These words are razors to my wounded heart.
— William Shakespeare
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied.
— William Shakespeare
Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
— William Shakespeare
One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
— William Shakespeare

enemies

I wonder men dare trust themselves with men.
— William Shakespeare

men trust

Woe to that land that's governed by a child!
— William Shakespeare
Great floods have flown from simple sources.
— William Shakespeare
They do not love who do not show their love.
— William Shakespeare
They jest at scars, that never felt a wound.
— William Shakespeare
My salad days,
When I was green in judgment.

youth

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
— William Shakespeare

love

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
— William Shakespeare

father parenting

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

deceit

Men in rage strike those that wish them best.

rage

If two ride on a horse, one must ride behind.
— William Shakespeare
The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.
— William Shakespeare
'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.

tyranny

A heaven on earth I have won, by wooing thee.
— William Shakespeare
The course of true love never did run smooth.

adversity love

Striving to do better, oft we mar what's well.
— William Shakespeare
To be or not to be . . . that is the question.
— William Shakespeare
A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.

friendship

We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.
— William Shakespeare

time

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
— William Shakespeare

brotherhood of man nature

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.
— William Shakespeare
Modest doubt is call'd the beacon of the wise.

doubt

Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
— William Shakespeare
Self-love is not so vile a sin as self-neglect.
— William Shakespeare
The course of true love never did run smoothly.
— William Shakespeare
So wise so young, they say, do never live long.
— William Shakespeare
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

misery

Let none presume
To wear an undeserved dignity.

dignity

Who wooed in haste and means to wed at leisure?
— William Shakespeare
Perseverance, dear my lord, keeps honor bright.
— William Shakespeare
Love sought is good, but given unsought better.
— William Shakespeare

love

Honest plain words best pierce the ear of grief.

sorrow

I never knew so young a body with so old a head.
— William Shakespeare
Every one can master a grief but he that has it.

sorrow

No man's pie is freed from his ambitious finger.
— William Shakespeare
Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed.
— William Shakespeare

fear

Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
— William Shakespeare

alcohol

April hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.
— William Shakespeare

nature springtime

So wise, so young, they say, do never live long.
— William Shakespeare
What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.
— William Shakespeare
The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.
— William Shakespeare
How like a Winter hath my absence been
From thee.

absence

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
— William Shakespeare Hamlet

potential

To see sad sights moves more than hear them told.
— William Shakespeare
One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail.
— William Shakespeare
When clouds are seen a wise man puts on his coat.
— William Shakespeare
'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
— William Shakespeare

food

See that you come not to woo honor, but to wed it.
— William Shakespeare
Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.
— William Shakespeare
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

lawyers

Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.
— William Shakespeare
There's a language in her eye, her cheek, her lip.
— William Shakespeare
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
— William Shakespeare

fortune luck

Our virtues lie in the interpretation of the time.
— William Shakespeare
The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.

hope

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
— William Shakespeare

love

The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.
— William Shakespeare

health

Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.

patience

Music [is] that moody food of us that trade in love.
— William Shakespeare
Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.
— William Shakespeare
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
— William Shakespeare
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
— William Shakespeare
The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.
— William Shakespeare

hope

Past, and to come, seems best; things present, worst.
— William Shakespeare
Let not women's weapons, waterdrops, stain my cheeks.
— William Shakespeare
All lovers swear more performance than they are able.
— William Shakespeare

sex

I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.
— William Shakespeare
You pay a great deal too dear for what's given freely.
— William Shakespeare
The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.

foolishness

What is a stronger breastplate than a heart untainted?
— William Shakespeare
There is neither good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
— William Shakespeare

evil Goodness

Out of my lean and low ability
I'll lend you something.

ability

Good night.  Good night.  Parting is such sweet sorrow.

sorrow

Company, villainous company, hath been the spoil of me.
— William Shakespeare
That word—grace,
In an ungracious mouth, is but profane.

grace

Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.

danger safety

I wonder of people who dare trust themselves with others.
— William Shakespeare
Is there any cause in nature that makes these hard hearts?
— William Shakespeare
You take my life
When you do take the means whereby I live.

unemployment

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
— William Shakespeare
My salad days,. When I was green in judgment, cold in blood.
— William Shakespeare

youth

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

beauty

What he hath scanted men in hair, he hath given them in wit.
— William Shakespeare
God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
— William Shakespeare Hamlet

cosmetics face makeup

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

weddings

Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!
— William Shakespeare

lying

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.
— William Shakespeare

fate

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
— William Shakespeare

attitude

Always the dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.
— William Shakespeare
Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners.
— William Shakespeare
Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting.
— William Shakespeare
Who shall be true to us, when we are so unsecret to ourselves?
— William Shakespeare
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
— William Shakespeare
All things that are, are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.
'Tis a common proof that lowliness is young ambition's ladder.
— William Shakespeare
Men must endure their going hence, even as their coming hither.
— William Shakespeare
'Tis ever common that men are merriest when they are from home.
— William Shakespeare
But age, with his stealing steps, hath clawed me in his clutch.
— William Shakespeare
The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveller returns.
— William Shakespeare Hamlet

afterlife death

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.

life

Oft expectation fails and most oft there
Where most it promises.

expectation

For love of grace,
Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.
— William Shakespeare Hamlet

flattery

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.
— William Shakespeare
When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
But in battalions.
— William Shakespeare Hamlet

sorrow

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.
— William Shakespeare
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven.

self-reliance

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to heaven.
— William Shakespeare
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
We write in water.

virtue

To thy own self be true . . . Then to all others, you will be too.
— William Shakespeare
But screw your courage to the sticking place, and you'll not fail.
— William Shakespeare

courage

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

oppression

The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.
— William Shakespeare
A good name in men and women is the immediate jewel of their souls.
— William Shakespeare
I set it down that
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
— William Shakespeare Hamlet

deceit

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

theater

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child.

children ingratitude

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination all compact.
— William Shakespeare
As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
— William Shakespeare

competition

There's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will.
— William Shakespeare
Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.
— William Shakespeare
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
— William Shakespeare

imagination

Make the coming hour over flow with joy, and pleasure drown the brim.
— William Shakespeare
What you cannot as you would achieve, you must accomplish as you may.
— William Shakespeare
O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
— William Shakespeare
To business that we love, we rise betimes, and go to it with delight.
— William Shakespeare
As he was valiant, I honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him.
— William Shakespeare

ambition

Lay aside life-harming heaviness and entertain a cheerful disposition.
— William Shakespeare
Confess yourself to heaven; Repent what's past; avoid what is to come.
— William Shakespeare
I have set my life upon a cast, and I will stand the hazard of the die.
— William Shakespeare
By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too.
— William Shakespeare
The best wishes that can be forged in your thoughts be servants to you.
— William Shakespeare
Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?
— William Shakespeare

sex

A women's age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.
— William Shakespeare
True nobility is exempt from fear. Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
— William Shakespeare
Beauty itself doth of itself persuade
The eyes of men without an orator.

beauty

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

life

The time of life is short; to spend that shortness basely were too long.
— William Shakespeare
'Tis but a base ignoble mind
That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.

aspiration

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

gods

Blow, blow, thou winter wind!
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude.

ingratitude

The art of our necessities is strange, that can make vile things precious.
— William Shakespeare
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty, youth's a stuff that will not endure.
— William Shakespeare
To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.

love

How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
— William Shakespeare
How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!
— William Shakespeare

unhappiness

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.

vice

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
— William Shakespeare

Fools wisdom

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

pain philosophy

Let me embrace thee, sour Adversity,
For wise men say it is the wisest course.

adversity

The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o'er a decree.

temper

O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!

alcohol

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

leisure

If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work.

play work & play

An enterprise, when fairly begun, should not be left till all that ought is won.
— William Shakespeare
Master, go on, and I will follow thee,
To the last gasp, with truth and loyalty.

loyalty

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

love

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

ignorance knowledge

Let Hercules himself do what he may, the cat will mew and dog will have his day.
— William Shakespeare
Mine honor is my life; both grow in one; take honor from me and my life is done.
— William Shakespeare
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.

evil good and evil

I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul remembering my good friends.
— William Shakespeare
How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.
— William Shakespeare
There is no vice so simple, but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

vice & virtue

Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; Robbed and furr'd gowns hide all.

vice

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, 
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.
— William Shakespeare

time

Friendship is constant in all other things save in the office and affairs of love.
— William Shakespeare
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet, though to itself it only live and die.
— William Shakespeare
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!

happiness

A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
— William Shakespeare

wealth

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;
The thief doth fear each bush an officer.

guilt

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

patience

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
— William Shakespeare
Friendship is constant in all other things. Save in the office and affairs of love.
— William Shakespeare

friendship

But love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit.
— William Shakespeare
'Tis true that we are in great danger; the greater therefore should our courage be.
— William Shakespeare
Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ.

jealousy

But when I tell him he hates flatterers,
He says he does, being then most flattered.

flattery

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

jealousy

Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,
And vice sometime's by action dignified.

vice & virtue

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

cowardice

How far that little candle throws its beam! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
— William Shakespeare
Give me that man that is not passion's slave, and I will wear him in my heart's core.
— William Shakespeare
Friendship is constant in in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love.

friendship

Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest.
— William Shakespeare
Love's heralds should be thoughts, which ten times faster glide than the sun's beams.
— William Shakespeare
And many strokes, though with a little ax, hew down and fell the hardest timbered oak.
— William Shakespeare
There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
— William Shakespeare
Good reasons must, of force, give place to better. Strong reasons make strong actions.
— William Shakespeare
Affection is a coal that must be cool'd
Else, suffered, it will set the heart of fire.

affection

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
— William Shakespeare
Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead; excessive grief the enemy to the living.

sorrow

Time's glory is to calm contending kings, to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light.
— William Shakespeare
Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.

doubt

The mind by passion driven from its firm hold, becomes a feather to each wind that blows.
— William Shakespeare
Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor: for 'tis the mind that makes the body rich.
— William Shakespeare
O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
— William Shakespeare
Graze on my lips; and if those hills be dry
Stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.

sex

What thou wilt, thou must rather enforce it with thy smile, than hew to it with thy sword.
— William Shakespeare
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
— William Shakespeare
For 'tis a question left us yet to prove, whether love lead fortune, or else fortune love.
— William Shakespeare
My comfort is that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, can do no more spoil upon my face.
— William Shakespeare

face

Crabbed age and youth cannot live together. Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care.
— William Shakespeare
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
— William Shakespeare
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stol'n,
Let him not know't, and he's not robbed at all.

loss

Give everyone thine ear, but few thy voice: Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
— William Shakespeare
Day doth daily draw my sorrow's longer,
And night doth nightly make grief's length seem longer.

sorrow

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

war

Ingratitude, more strong than traitor's arms,
Quite vanquished him: then burst his mighty heart.

ingratitude

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

courage

Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.

kindness

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

reputation

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

abstinence

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.

reputation

I am giddy; expectation whirls me round.
The imaginary relish is so sweet
That it enchants my sense.

expectation

A man may fish with the worm that hath eaten of a king, and eat the fish that hath fed of that worm.
— William Shakespeare
I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad— and to travel for it, too.
— William Shakespeare

Fools

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!  It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.

jealousy

I do love my country's good with a respect more tender, more holy, more profound, than mine own life.
— 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.
— William Shakespeare
A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
— 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?
— 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.
— William Shakespeare
Sweet are the uses of adversity
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

adversity

Be not afraid of greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

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.
— William Shakespeare
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
— 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.
— 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.

time

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

praise

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!
— William Shakespeare
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.

kiss

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.

action

You see, my good wenches, how men of merit are sought after. The undeserver may sleep, when the man of action is called on.
— William Shakespeare

merit

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.
— 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.
— 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.

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.
— 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.

writing advice

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.
— William Shakespeare
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.
— 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.
— 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.
— William Shakespeare

credit

And appetite, a universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce an universal prey
And last eat up himself.

appetite

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.
— William Shakespeare
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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.

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.
— William Shakespeare

theater

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.

the world

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.

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.
— 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?
— 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.
— 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.

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.
— 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.

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.
— 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.

fortune