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Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s quotes are world-famous. Below are compilations of his quotes from some of his famous work.

Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare

Some Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare


Famous quotes from Hamlet:

“To be, or not to be: that is the question”. (Act III, Sc. I).

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry”. (Act I, Sc. III).

“This above all: to thine own self be true” (Act I, Sc. III).

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.” (Act II, Scene II).

“That it should come to this!”. (Act I, Scene II).

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” (Act II, Sc. II).

“What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and 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! ” (Act II, Sc. II).

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks”. ( Act III, Sc. II).

“In my mind’s eye”. quotation ( Act I, Scene II).

“A little more than kin, and less than kind”. ( Act I, Scene II).

“The play ‘s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king”. (Act II, Scene II).

“And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man”. ( Act I, Scene III).”

“This is the very ecstasy of love”. – ( Act II, Sc I).

“Brevity is the soul of wit”. – (Act II, Scene II).

“Doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love”. (Act II, Sc. II).

“Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind”. – ( Act III, Scene I).

“Do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?” (Act III, Sc. II).

“I will speak daggers to her, but use none”. – ( Act III, Sc. II).

“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions”. – ( Act IV, Scene V).

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Famous quotes from Romeo and Juliet:

“One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.2

“For you and I are past our dancing days”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5

“O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5

“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!/ For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5

“It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5

“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2

“It is the east, and Juliet is the sun”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2

“Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2

“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, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2

“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.3

“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.3

“A plague o’ both your houses!”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.1

“This day’s black fate on more days doth depend:
This but begins the woe others must end.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.1

“Romeo is banished,
There is no end, no limit, measure, bound,
In that word’s death. No words can that woe sound.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.2

“Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here
Where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog
And little mouse, every unworthy thing,
Live here in heaven and may look on her,
But Romeo may not.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.3

“Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low,
As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.5

“Is there no pity sitting in the clouds
That sees into the bottom of my grief?
O sweet my mother, cast me not away!
Delay this marriage for a month, a week,
Or if you do not, make the bridal bed
In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.5

“Or bid me go into a new-made grave,
And hide me with a dead man in his shroud –
Things that, to hear them told, have made me tremble –
And I will do it without fear or doubt,
To live an unstain’d wife to my sweet love.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 4.1

“Not stepping o’er the bounds of modesty”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 4.2

“O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
Most lamentable day. Most woeful day
That ever, ever I did yet behold!
O day, O day, O day! O hateful day!
Never was seen so black a day as this.
O woeful day! O woeful day!”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 4.5

“I dreamt my lady came and found me dead”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.1

“Then I defy you, stars!”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.1

“O my love, my wife!
Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.3

“Tempt not a desperate man”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.3

“A greater power than we can contradict
Hath thwarted our intents.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.3

“For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.3

Famous quotes from As you like it:

“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” – (Act II, Scene VII).

“Can one desire too much of a good thing?” As You Like It (Act IV, Sc. I).

“I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it” – (Act II, Scene IV).

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“How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes!” As You Like It (Act V, Sc. II).

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind! Thou art not so unkind as man’s ingratitude”. (Act II, Scene VII).

“True is it that we have seen better days”. – (Act II, Scene VII).

“For ever and a day”. As You Like It (Act IV, Sc. I).

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”. – ( Act V, Scene I)

Famous quotes from Julius Caesar:

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him”. (Act III, Scene II).

“But, for my own part, it was Greek to me”. – Julius Caesar (Act I, Scene II).

“A dish fit for the gods”. (Act II, Scene I).

“Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war”. Julius Caesar (Act III, Sc. I).

“Et tu, Brute!” (Act III, Scene I).

“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”. – (Act I, Scene II).

“Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more”. (Act III, Scene II).

“Beware the ides of March”. – (Act I, Scene II).

“This was the noblest Roman of them all”. – (Act V, Sc. V).

“When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff”. – (Act III, Sc. II).

“Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous” Julius (Act I, Scene II).

“For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men”. – (Act III, Sc. II).

“As he was valiant, I honour him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him”. (Act III, Sc. II).

Famous Quotes from Macbeth:

“There’s daggers in men’s smiles”.(Act II, Sc. III).

“what’s done is done”.(Act III, Scene II).

“I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none”.(Act I, Sc. VII).

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair”. (Act I, Scene I).

“I bear a charmed life”. (Act V, Sc. VIII).

“Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness.”(Act I, Scene V).


“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red”(Act II, Sc. II).

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”(Act IV, Scene I).

“Out, damned spot! out, I say!”(Act V, Scene I).

“All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”(Act V, Sc. I).

“When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly ‘s done,
When the battle ‘s lost and won”.(Act I, Scene I).

“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me”.(Act I, Scene III).

“Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it; he died as one that had been studied in his death to throw away the dearest thing he owed, as ‘t were a careless trifle”.(Act I, Sc. IV).

“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.”(Act I, Scene V).

“I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself, and falls on the other.”(Act I, Scene VII).

“Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?”(Act II, Scene I).

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

Famous Quotations from Othello:

“‘T’is neither here nor there.”(Act IV, Scene III).

“I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at”.(Act I, Scene I).

“To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on”.(Act I, Scene III).

“The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief”.(Act I, Scene III).

“It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock”.(Act III)


Famous Quotations from King Lear:

“Nothing can come of Nothing. Speak again!” (Act III)

“Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.” (Act I)

“Blow winds and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow, you cataracts and Hurricanes.” (Act III)

“I am a man

more sinned against than sinning.” (Act III)

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