34 Of The Most Brilliant Shakespeare Quotes

34 Of The Most Brilliant Shakespeare Quotes

 

 

 “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” – Prospero, The Tempest

 

 “I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?”
– Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing

 

“This above all: to thine ownself be true.
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
– Polonius, Hamlet

 

 “If music be the food of love, play on.” – Orsino, Twelfth Night

 

. “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.”
– Jaques, As You Like It

“Parting is such sweet sorrow.” – Juliet, Romeo and Juliet

 

“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.”
– Cassius, Julius Caesar

 

 “Love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit.” – Jessica, Merchant of Venice

 

 “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.”
– Macbeth, Macbeth

 

 “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – Hamlet, Hamlet

 

 “The course of true love never did run smooth.” – Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

 “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – Touchstone, As You Like It

 

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind” – Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

“Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.” – Antony, Julius Caesar 

 

 “What a piece of work is man.” – Hamlet, Hamlet

 

. “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

 “Love sought is good, but given unsought better.” – Olivia, Twelfth Night

 

 “Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – Ophelia, Hamlet

 

 “Nothing will come of nothing” – Lear, King Lear

 

 “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt” – Lucio, Measure for Measure

 

 “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.”

—Jaques in As You Like It

 

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.”

—Escalus in Measure for Measure

 

 “I burn, I pine, I perish.”

—Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew

 

“This above all: to thine ownself be true.

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

—Polonius in Hamlet

 

 “Come, let’s away to prison;

We two alone will sing like birds i’ the cage:

When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down,

And ask of thee forgiveness: so we’ll live,

And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh

At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues

Talk of court news.”

—Lear in King Lear

 

“They have been at a great feast of languages, and stol’n the scraps.”

—Moth in Love’s Labor’s Lost

 

 “I would give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety.”

—Boy in Henry V

 

 “For your brother and my sister no sooner

met, but they looked; no sooner looked, but they

loved; no sooner loved, but they sighed; no sooner

sighed, but they asked one another the reason; no

sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy.”

—Rosalind in As You Like It

 

 “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

—Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

“Sigh no more, adies, sigh no more,

Men were deceivers ever;

One foot in sea, and one on shore,

To one thing constant never.”

—Balthazar in Much Ado About Nothingl

 

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?”

—Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing

 

“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.”

—Cassius in Julius Caesar

 

 “Action is eloquence.”

—Volumnia in Coriolanus

 

“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.”

—Macbeth in Macbeth

 

 

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

—Malvolio in Twelfth Night

 

 “Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.”

—Macbeth in Macbeth

 

 “Have more than thou showest,

Speak less than thou knowest,

Lend less than thou owest,

Ride more than thou goest,

Learn more than thou trowest,

Set less than thou throwest.”

—The Fool in King Lear

 

 “Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.”

—Dauphin in Henry V

 

“Our doubts are traitors,

And make us lose the good we oft might win,

By fearing to attempt.”

—Lucio in Measure for Measure

 

 “The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.”

—Claudio in Measure for Measure

 

“Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides:

Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.”

—Cordelia in King Lear

 

“Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,

That monthly changes in her circled orb,

Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”

—Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

 

 “The more pity that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.”

—Touchstone in As You Like It

 

“The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief.”

—Duke of Venice in Othello

 

“But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,

Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

—from “Sonnet 8”

 

 

. “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”

—Polonius in Hamlet

 

 

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