Quotes by William Shakespeare

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Born ca. 1564 and died ca. 1616 during the Renaissance period (1450-1599). One of the greatest writers of all time, Shakespeare, the peerless poet of the Sonnets and the creator of such dramatic masterpieces as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and King Lear, is a playwright of paradigmatic originality. In his discussion of the Western literary canon, critic Harold Bloom declared: "Shakespeare and Dante are the center of the Canon because they excel all other Western writer in cognitive acuity, linguistic energy, and power of invention." However, one could go a step further and suggest that Shakespeare defines the Western canon because he transcends it. If Shakespeare, as Ben Jonson declared, "was not of an age, but for all time," the great dramatist, one could argue, spoke to the ultimate concerns of humankind, regardless of period or cultural tradition. more

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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.

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.
The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. [Measure For Measure]
Such as we are made of, such we be.
All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night.
How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere!
Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. [Merchant Of Venice]
Love bears it out even to the edge of doom.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep. [The Tempest]
The devil has the power to assume a pleasing shape.
The devil can site scripture for his own purpose! An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek. [Merchant Of Venice]
Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers eyes. Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall and a preserving sweet.
She's beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is a woman, therefore to be won.
The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.
Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings.
Thought are but dreams till their effects are tried.
Journeys end in lovers meeting.
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.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. [Twelfth Night]
God had given you one face, and you make yourself another. [Hamlet]
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we might win, by fearing to attempt.[Measure For Measure]
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
He that dies pays all his debts.
Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.
I care not, a man can die but once; we owe God and death.
I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.
Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Don't trust the person who has broken faith once.
She's gone. I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her.
If music be the food of love; play on.
Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.
Men at sometime are the masters of their fate.
There's small choice in rotten apples.
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
The object of art is to give life a shape. [Midsummer Nights Dream]
Love is too young to know what conscience is.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give thee, the more I have, For both are infinite
The first thing we do, lets kill the lawyers. [Henry Iv]
There is no darkness, but ignorance.
Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.
In time we hate that which we often fear.
Men's faults to themselves seldom appear.
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short; youth is nimble, age is lame; Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold; Youth is wild, and age is tame.
Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.
But love is blind, and lovers cannot see What petty follies they themselves commit
Lord we may know what we are, but know not what we may be.

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