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We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is 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.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is 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.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

If music be the food of love, play on.

If music be the food of love, play on.

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. ---->>>

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

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

The course of true love never did run smooth. ---->>>

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

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.

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.

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. ---->>>

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.

Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.

If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge? ---->>>

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

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.

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.

No legacy is so rich as honesty. ---->>>

Listen to many, speak to a few. ---->>>

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

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

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ---->>>

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

Hell is empty and all the devils are here. ---->>>

There is no darkness but ignorance. ---->>>

This above all; to thine own self be true. ---->>>

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

The wheel is come full circle.

The wheel is come full circle.

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy. ---->>>

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound. ---->>>

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.

The golden age is before us, not behind us. ---->>>

Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?

Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. ---->>>

To be, or not to be, that is the question. ---->>>

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. ---->>>

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue. ---->>>

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. ---->>>

Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds. ---->>>

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. ---->>>

Boldness be my friend.

Boldness be my friend.

Farewell, fair cruelty. ---->>>

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. ---->>>

What is past is prologue. ---->>>

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. ---->>>

Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.

Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.

When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools. ---->>>

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. ---->>>

We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from... Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements. ---->>>

To do a great right do a little wrong.

To do a great right do a little wrong.

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes. ---->>>

By that sin fell the angels. ---->>>

Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know. ---->>>

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. ---->>>

Now is the winter of our discontent. ---->>>

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head. ---->>>

I must be cruel, only to be kind. ---->>>

O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention. ---->>>

False face must hide what the false heart doth know. ---->>>

Having nothing, nothing can he lose. ---->>>

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. ---->>>

Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt. ---->>>

O, had I but followed the arts! ---->>>

An overflow of good converts to bad.

An overflow of good converts to bad.

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds. ---->>>

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. ---->>>

No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.

No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.

They do not love that do not show their love.

They do not love that do not show their love.

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. ---->>>

Nothing can come of nothing. ---->>>

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short. ---->>>

Love is too young to know what conscience is. ---->>>

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.

Such as we are made of, such we be. ---->>>

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

Time and the hour run through the roughest day. ---->>>

I was adored once too. ---->>>

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. ---->>>

If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me. ---->>>

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!

I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!

Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything. ---->>>

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. ---->>>

Death is a fearful thing.

Death is a fearful thing.

Speak low, if you speak love. ---->>>

There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered. ---->>>

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

I bear a charmed life.

I bear a charmed life.

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself. ---->>>

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.

There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face. ---->>>

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice. ---->>>

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall. ---->>>

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. ---->>>

Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.

Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.

O' What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side! ---->>>

God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another. ---->>>

The love of heaven makes one heavenly.

The love of heaven makes one heavenly.

I like not fair terms and a villain's mind. ---->>>

The valiant never taste of death but once.

The valiant never taste of death but once.

Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear. ---->>>

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.

What's done can't be undone. ---->>>

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. ---->>>

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. ---->>>

Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.

Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.

I say there is no darkness but ignorance. ---->>>

Give thy thoughts no tongue. ---->>>

Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me. ---->>>

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise. ---->>>

It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions. ---->>>

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company. ---->>>

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

I am not bound to please thee with my answer. ---->>>

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

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

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after. ---->>>

Women may fall when there's no strength in men. ---->>>

And why not death rather than living torment? To die is to be banish'd from myself; And Silvia is myself: banish'd from her Is self from self: a deadly banishment! ---->>>

But men are men; the best sometimes forget.

But men are men; the best sometimes forget.

Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart. ---->>>

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. ---->>>

Let no such man be trusted.

Let no such man be trusted.

He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural. ---->>>

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child! ---->>>

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. ---->>>

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

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

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain. ---->>>

There's many a man has more hair than wit. ---->>>

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil. ---->>>

Men's vows are women's traitors!

Men's vows are women's traitors!

They say miracles are past. ---->>>

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

Words without thoughts never to heaven go. ---->>>

In time we hate that which we often fear. ---->>>

I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father. ---->>>

If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor. ---->>>

Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear. ---->>>

O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world! ---->>>

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing. ---->>>

The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it. ---->>>

There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting. ---->>>

I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire. ---->>>

For my part, it was Greek to me. ---->>>

'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems. ---->>>

So foul and fair a day I have not seen. ---->>>

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age. ---->>>

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless! ---->>>

I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.

I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.

As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him. ---->>>

How well he's read, to reason against reading! ---->>>

I will praise any man that will praise me. ---->>>

Desire of having is the sin of covetousness. ---->>>

He that is giddy thinks the world turns round. ---->>>

There's place and means for every man alive. ---->>>

My pride fell with my fortunes.

My pride fell with my fortunes.

But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive. ---->>>

He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer. ---->>>

It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood. ---->>>

Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping? ---->>>

Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes. ---->>>

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. ---->>>

O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad! ---->>>

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. ---->>>

If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul. ---->>>

Lawless are they that make their wills their law. ---->>>

For I can raise no money by vile means.

For I can raise no money by vile means.

Thou know'st the first time that we smell the air we wawl and cry. When we are born we cry, that we are come to this great state of fools. ---->>>

In a false quarrel there is no true valor. ---->>>

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

'Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of. ---->>>

Men shut their doors against a setting sun. ---->>>

I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.

I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.

O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath! ---->>>

I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man. ---->>>

Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying! ---->>>

Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing. ---->>>

The attempt and not the deed confounds us. ---->>>

Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man. ---->>>

Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong. ---->>>

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces. ---->>>

The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns. ---->>>

There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them. ---->>>

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance? ---->>>

I dote on his very absence. ---->>>

Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes. ---->>>

What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind. ---->>>

Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him. ---->>>

I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart. ---->>>

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike. ---->>>

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done! ---->>>

Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove. ---->>>

There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass. ---->>>

Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: April 26, 1564
Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Die: April 23, 1616
Occupation: Dramatist
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William Shakespeare (; 26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship (wikipedia)