222 Famous William Shakespeare Quotes on Love and Life

William Shakespeare was a famous English playwright, poet and actor who is remembered for his big contributions to British theatre during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.

He produced 38 plays, 2 narrative poems and 154 sonnets.

Beyond his writing, he had an intriguing personal life, being the eldest child of John and Mary Shakespeare and growing up in Stratford-upon-Avon.

He married Anne Hathaway at 18 and they had three children.

His career began in London where he co-founded The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later The King’s Men and composed several iconic works, including “King Lear” and “Macbeth”.


Despite his success in London, he maintained strong ties to his hometown, buying the largest house in Stratford, New Place and regularly commuting between the two locations.

His legacy endures in countless adaptations of his works and his impact on the English language.

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I have collected the most famous quotes by William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare Quotes on Love

1. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

2. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

3. “Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

4. “I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

5. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

William Shakespeare Quotes on Love, Life, and Success

6. “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

7. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

8. “Listen to many, speak to a few.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

9. “Some are born great, others achieve greatness.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

10. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

Best William Shakespeare Quotes

11. “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 lifetime.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

12. “If music be the food of love, play on.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

13. “These violent delights have violent ends.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

14. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

15. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

16. “We know what we are, but not what we may be.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

17. “Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

18. “Thus I die. Thus, thus, thus. Now I am dead, Now I am fled, My soul is in the sky. Tongue, lose thy light. Moon take thy flight. Now die, die, die, die.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

19. “Yet but three come one more. Two of both kinds make up four. Ere she comes curst and sad. Cupid is a knavish lad. Thus to make poor females mad.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

20. “I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano, A stage where every man must play a part, And mine a sad one.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

21. “He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

Famous William Shakespeare Quotes

22. “I defy you, stars.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

23. “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” ~ (William Shakespeare).

24. “Who is it that can tell me who I am?” ~ (William Shakespeare).

25. “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

26. “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

27. “All’s well if all ends well.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

28. “If you love and get hurt, love more. If you love more and hurt more, love even more. If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more…” ~ (William Shakespeare).

29. “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.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

30. “The golden age is before us, not behind us.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

31. “The rest, is silence.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

32. “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

33. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

34. “Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

35. “When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

36. “To be or not to be that is the question.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

37. “This above all: to thine own self be true.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

38. “Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

39. “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

Powerful William Shakespeare Quotes

40. “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

41. “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

42. “Presume not that I am the thing I was.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

43. “Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

44. “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

45. “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

46. “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

47. “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

48. “Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

49. “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” 

~ (William Shakespeare).

50. “When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

51. “Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

52. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

53. “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

54. “What’s past is prologue.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

55. “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!” ~ (William Shakespeare).

56. “Brevity is the soul of wit.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

57. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

Meaningful William Shakespeare Quotes

58. “What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” ~ (William Shakespeare).

59. “The breaking of so great a thing should make A greater crack: the round world Should have shook lions into civil streets, And citizens to their dens.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

60. “All things are ready, if our mind be so.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

61. “To die, to sleep – To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” ~ (William Shakespeare).

62. “Be great in act, as you have been in thought.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

63. “O God, I could be bound in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space – were it not that I have bad dreams.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

64. “When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

65. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” ~ (William Shakespeare).

66. “Peace? I hate the word as I hate hell and all Montagues.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

67. “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

68. “Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

69. “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

70. “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. 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!” ~ (William Shakespeare).

71. “I love thee, I love thee with a love that shall not die. Till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

72. “True love cannot be found where it truly does not exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly does.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

73. “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

74. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

75. “Beware the ides of March.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

76. “Discretion is the better part of valor.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

Profound William Shakespeare Quotes

77. “Some rise by sin, and some by virtues fall.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

78. “They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

79. “God shall be my hope, my stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

80. “If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

81. “Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

82. “I am not bound to please thee with my answer.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

83. “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

84. “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

85. “And thus I clothe my naked villainy With odd old ends stol’n out of holy writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

86. “People’s good deeds we write in water. The evil deeds are etched in brass.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

87. “Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

88. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

89. “I am in blood Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

90. “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

91. “Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

92. “Men in rage strike those that wish them best.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

93. “Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

94. “Oh, I am fortune’s fool!” ~ (William Shakespeare).

95. “I say there is no darkness but ignorance.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

96. “Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing, of nothing first create! O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms, Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

97. “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).

98. “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. He that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

99. “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus; and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

100. “Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

101. “Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

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

103. “The prince of darkness is a gentleman!” ~ (William Shakespeare).

104. “Words, words, words.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

105. “Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

106. “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

107. “Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

108. “There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the floud, leads on to fortune ommitted, all the voyage of their lives are bound in shallows and in miseries.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

109. “Like madness is the glory of life.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

110. “God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

111. “These violent delights have violent ends And in their triump die, like fire and powder Which, as they kiss, consume.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

112. “As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

113. “Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

114. “In time we hate that which we often fear.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

115. “It is a wise father who knows his own child.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

116. “All days are nights to see till I see thee, And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

117. “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

118. “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

119. “I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

120. “Me, poor man, my library was dukedom large enough.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

121. “O, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd! She was a vixen when she went to school; And though she be but little, she is fierce.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

122. “I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more, is none.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

123. “I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. Act V, Scene V.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

124. “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

125. “O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in’t!” ~ (William Shakespeare).

126. “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

127. “Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

128. “I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?” ~ (William Shakespeare).

129. “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

130. “Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

131. “There was a star danced, and under that was I born.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

132. “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).

133. “For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

134. “I despised my arrival on this earth and I despise my departure; it is a tragedy.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

Wise William Shakespeare Quotes

135. “If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here While these visions did appear.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

136. “Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?” ~ (William Shakespeare).

137. “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

138. “So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

139. “I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

140. “Women may fall when there’s no strength in men. Act II.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

141. “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

142. “Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever,- One foot in sea and one on shore, To one thing constant never.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

143. “Lovers and madmen have such seething brains Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

144. “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

145. “O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death!” ~ (William Shakespeare).

146. “Absence from those we love is self from self – a deadly banishment.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

147. “The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

148. “A glooming peace this morning with it brings; The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head: Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished: For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

149. “Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

150. “Sweets to the sweet.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

151. “The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

152. “Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgment taste; Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

153. “I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

154. “Remember me.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

155. “Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books, But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

156. “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

157. “So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

158. “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

159. “But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

160. “Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne’er be younger.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

161. “I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

162. “Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

163. “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

164. “Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange. Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong Hark! now I hear them, – Ding-dong, bell.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

165. “For she had eyes and chose me.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

166. “My soul is in the sky.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

Insightful William Shakespeare Quotes

167. “I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

168. “For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

169. “Romeo: I dreamt a dream tonight. Mercutio: And so did I. Romeo: Well, what was yours? Mercutio: That dreamers often lie. Romeo: In bed asleep while they do dream things true.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

170. “I am a man more sinned against than sinning.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

171. “Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

172. “When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

173. “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? Iago.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

174. “Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words. Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord? Hamlet: Between who? Lord Polonius: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

175. “He that is thy friend indeed, He will help thee in thy need: If thou sorrow, he will weep; If thou wake, he cannot sleep: Thus of every grief in heart He with thee does bear a part. These are certain signs to know Faithful friend from flattering foe.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

176. “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

177. “False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

178. “Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

179. “I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul remembering my good Friends.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

180. “No, no, I am but shadow of myself: You are deceived, my substance is not here;.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

181. “They do not love, that do not show their love.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

182. “Up and down, up and down I will lead them up and down I am feared in field in town Goblin, lead them up and down.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

183. “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

184. “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

185. “Silence is the perfectest herault of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

186. “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

187. “Thought is free.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

188. “My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

189. “My only love sprung from my only hate.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

190. “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

191. “When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

192. “For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

193. “And therefore, – since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, – I am determined to prove a villain, And hate the idle pleasures of these days.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

194. “To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

195. “Now I will believe that there are unicorns…” ~ (William Shakespeare).

Great William Shakespeare Quotes

196. “When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

197. “O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, 1710. That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness?” ~ (William Shakespeare).

198. “Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

199. “Benvolio: What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours? Romeo: Not having that, which, having, makes them short.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

200. “Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

201. “See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. O, that I were a glove upon that hand That I might touch that cheek!” ~ (William Shakespeare).

202. “Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometime by action dignified.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

203. “Dispute not with her: she is lunatic.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

204. “When you depart from me sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

205. “You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal: except my life, except my life, except my life.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

206. “Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell. Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace, Yet Grace must still look so.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

207. “Your face, my thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters. To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

208. “Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

209. “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

210. “And sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow’s eye, Steal me awhile from mine own company.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

211. “Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, in my heart of heart, as I do thee.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

212. “We burn daylight.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

213. “There’s small choice in rotten apples.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

214. “The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most: we that are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

215. “I wish my horse had the speed of your tongue.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

216. “I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell, To die upon the hand I love so well.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

217. “I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes – and moreover, I will go with thee to thy uncle’s.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

218. “All the world’s a stage.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

219. “Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

220. “What’s done cannot be undone.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

221. “Et tu, Brute?” ~ (William Shakespeare).

222. “My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.” ~ (William Shakespeare).

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Short Biography of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, an iconic English playwright, poet, and actor, hailed as the greatest in the English language, left a legacy of 39 plays, 154 sonnets, and more.

William Shakespeare

Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, he later moved to London, contributing significantly to theater as an actor and part-owner of a playing company.

Full Name William Shakespeare
Born 26 April 1564 Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Died 23 April 1616 (aged 52) Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Resting place Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon
Occupations Playwright, Poet, Actor
Years active c. 1585–1613
Era Elizabethan, Jacobean
Organization Lord Chamberlain’s Men/King’s Men
Notable work Shakespeare bibliography
Movement English Renaissance
Spouse Anne Hathaway ​(m. 1582)​
Children Susanna Hall, Hamnet Shakespeare, Judith Quiney
Parents John Shakespeare (father), Mary Arden (mother)
Language Early Modern English
Genres Play (comedy, History, Tragedy),
Poetry (Sonnet, Narrative Poem, Epitaph)

Known for his influential works, including tragedies like “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet,” Shakespeare’s creations remain pivotal in literature.

His works were compiled posthumously in the First Folio, solidifying his timeless relevance.

Quick Facts about William Shakespeare

  • William Shakespeare is often heralded as the greatest English-language writer and the world’s foremost dramatist.
  • His works include 39 plays, 154 sonnets, and several narrative poems.
  • Shakespeare’s plays have been translated into every major living language.
  • He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564.
  • At 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children.
  • Shakespeare started his London career around 1585, acting and writing plays.
  • He retired to Stratford around 1613 and died in 1616.
  • His early works were mainly comedies and histories, celebrated for their innovation.
  • Tragedies like “Hamlet” and “Macbeth” came later, establishing his reputation for complex character studies.
  • In his final years, he wrote tragicomedies and collaborated with other playwrights.
  • The First Folio, published in 1623, is a crucial source for his plays.
  • Shakespeare was the third of eight children in his family.
  • Likely educated at King’s New School in Stratford, he would have had an intensive Latin education.
  • Shakespeare’s “lost years” (1585-1592) are a period with little historical record.
  • Legends suggest he may have fled Stratford to avoid prosecution for deer poaching.
  • By 1592, he was a recognized actor and playwright in London.
  • Shakespeare’s company was the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later the King’s Men under James I.
  • The Globe Theatre, built in 1599, was closely associated with Shakespeare.
  • He was involved in the Blackfriars Theatre from 1608.
  • Shakespeare’s early plays were influenced by the works of other Elizabethan dramatists and the traditions of medieval drama.
  • “Romeo and Juliet” and “Julius Caesar” were among the plays that marked the evolution of his artistry.
  • His narratives often explore themes of love, jealousy, ambition, and the human condition.
  • “Hamlet’s” soliloquy “To be, or not to be” is among the most famous passages in English literature.
  • Shakespeare’s innovations in the use of soliloquies and character development were groundbreaking.
  • His later works, known as the romances, include “The Tempest” and “The Winter’s Tale”.
  • Shakespeare’s sonnets are a profound meditation on love, death, and time.
  • His influence on English literature and language is unparalleled, coining many phrases still in use today.
  • Shakespeare’s plays remain a cornerstone of theatrical performance worldwide.
  • Critical appreciation of Shakespeare has evolved, from mixed reviews in his era to universal acclaim in modern times.
  • His legacy includes not only his vast body of work but also his profound impact on the arts and culture across centuries.

Top Questions about William Shakespeare

Q: When was William Shakespeare baptized?

A: William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564.

Q: How many children did Shakespeare have, and what were their names?

A: Shakespeare had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith.

Q: What was Shakespeare’s occupation in London?

A: In London, Shakespeare was an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men.

Q: At what age did Shakespeare marry Anne Hathaway, and how old was she?

A: Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18; she was 26 years old at the time.

Q: Which genres did Shakespeare’s early plays primarily consist of?

A: Shakespeare’s early plays were primarily comedies and histories.

Q: What significant publication collected Shakespeare’s works posthumously?

A: The significant publication was the First Folio, published in 1623 by John Heminges and Henry Condell.

Q: How did Shakespeare’s writing evolve throughout his career?

A: Shakespeare’s writing evolved from comedies and histories to tragedies, and later to tragicomedies and collaborations with other playwrights.

Q: Where is Shakespeare believed to have been educated?

A: Most biographers agree that Shakespeare was probably educated at the King’s New School in Stratford.

Q: What was unique about Shakespeare’s marriage banns?

A: The marriage banns for Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were read once instead of the usual three times, indicating the marriage may have been arranged hastily.

Q: What are some of the themes of Shakespeare’s narrative poems?

A: Shakespeare’s narrative poems, like “Venus and Adonis” and “The Rape of Lucrece,” explore themes of love, lust, and moral confusion.

Q: How did Shakespeare’s acting career conclude, according to the First Folio?

A: The First Folio lists Shakespeare as one of “the Principal Actors in all these Plays,” suggesting he had significant roles in the productions.

Q: What was Shakespeare’s largest property purchase in Stratford?

A: In 1597, Shakespeare bought the second-largest house in Stratford, known as New Place.

Q: How did the Globe Theatre come into existence?

A: The Globe Theatre was built in 1599 by a partnership of members of Shakespeare’s playing company, using timbers from The Theatre.

Q: What theory exists about Shakespeare’s “lost years”?

A: During Shakespeare’s “lost years” between 1585 and 1592, theories suggest he might have been employed as a schoolmaster or was avoiding prosecution for deer poaching.

Q: How does Shakespeare’s funerary monument in Stratford-upon-Avon depict him?

A: Shakespeare’s funerary monument features a half-effigy of him in the act of writing, honoring his literary legacy.

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