list of 25 famous quotes by william shakespeare

25 famous quotes by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”.

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He was born on 26th April 1564 born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. At age 49 (around 1613), he appears to have retired to Stratford, where he died three years later. 

His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays,154 sonnets, three long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of the uncertain authorship.

His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. He remains arguably the most influential writer in the English language, and his works continue to be studied and reinterpreted.

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He is regarded to be the greatest writer of all time and his legacy of literature is far, wide, and nearly unending. In this article, we will see some of the most famous quotations given by this glorious literary figure.

  1. “There is nothing so confining as the prisons of our own perceptions.”
  2. “What a terrible era in which idiots govern the blind.”
  3. “Have more than you show, speak less than you know.”
  4. “Laughing faces do not mean that there is an absence of sorrow! But it means that they have the ability to deal with it” ~
  5. “When I got enough confidence, the stage was gone. When I was sure of losing, I won. When I needed people the most, they left me. When I learned to dry my tears, I found a shoulder to cry on. And when I mastered the art of hating, somebody started loving me.”
  6. “The Eyes are the window to your soul”
  7. “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”
  8. “To be, or not to be, that is the question.”
  9. “In friendship, as in love, we are often happier through our ignorance than our knowledge.”
  10. “I will not choose what many men desire, Because I will not jump with common spirits And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.”
  11. “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!”
  12. “If we are true to ourselves, we cannot be false to anyone.”
  13. “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
  14. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
  15. “When we are born, we cry that we come to this great stage of fools.”
  16. “There’s a time for all things.”
  17. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
  18. “Listen to many, speak to a few.”
  19. “Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.”
  20. “We suffer a lot the few things we lack and we enjoy too little the many things we have.”
  21. “Nothing comes from doing nothing.”
  22. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
  23. “Give thanks for what you are today and go on fighting for what you gone be tomorrow.”
  24. “I wish you all the joy that you can wish.”
  25. “Some men never seem to grow old. Always active in thought, always ready to adopt new ideas, they are never chargeable with foggyism. Satisfied, yet ever dissatisfied, settled, yet ever unsettled, they always enjoy the best of what is, are the first to find the best of what will be.”

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