William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

“Listen to many, speak to a few.”

“The love of heaven makes one heavenly.”

“When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.”

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

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

“’Tis best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems”

“And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.”

“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.”

“Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.”

“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”

“Men’s vows are women’s traitors!”

“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.”

“It is the stars,
The stars above us, govern our conditions.”

“There’s place and means for every man alive.”

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

“Say as you think and speak it from your souls.”

“Give thy thoughts no tongue.”

“Love is too young to know what conscience is.”

“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.”

“Speak low, if you speak love.”

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

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

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

“If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken and so die.”

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life’s key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech”

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

“Such as we are made of, such we be.”

“An overflow of good converts to bad.”

“He is evil by his very nature.”

“Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.”

“To do a great right do a little wrong.”

“What’s done can’t be undone.”

“’Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.”

“It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.”

“Thought is free.”

“I’ll not budge an inch.”

“And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.”

“He that is thy friend indeed,
He will help thee in thy need:
If thou sorrow, he will weep;
If thou wake, he cannot sleep:
Thus of every grief in heart
He with thee does bear a part.
These are certain signs to know
Faithful friend from flattering foe.”

“We have seen better days.”

“But I do love thee! and when I love thee not,
Chaos is come again.”

“False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”

“For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, action nor utterance, nor the power of speech, to stir men’s blood. I only speak right on. I tell you that which you yourselves do know.”

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. We must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

“In the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.”

“My heart prays for him, though my tongue do curse.”

“You sir, are a fishmonger!”

“So our virtues lie in the interpretation of the time”

“Once more the engine of her thoughts began. . . .”

“So true a fool is love that in your will,
Though you do anything, he thinks no ill.”

“For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.”

“What is your substance, whereof are you made,
That millions of strange shadows on you tend?”

“Who can be wise, amazed, temperate and furious,loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man.”

“I like your silence, it the more shows off your wonder.”

“Make not your thoughts your prisons.”

“Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done.”

“Let me be ignorant, and in nothing good, but graciously to know I am no better.”

“Merrily, merrily shall I live now,
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.”

“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.”

“Absence doth sharpen love, presence strengthens it; the one brings fuel, the other blows it till it burns clear.”

“I understand a fury in your words,
But not the words.”

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

“Do all men kill the things they do not love?”

“Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.”

“To show our simple skill,
That is the true beginning of our end.”

“So wise so young, they say, do never live long.”

“Every good servant does not all commands.”

“Graze on my lips, and if those hills are dry,
Stray lower where the pleasant fountains lie.”

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

“If you love her, you cannot see her . . . because love is blind.”

“All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told”

“O tiger’s heart wrapped in a woman’s hide!”

“Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.”

“Time is the justice that examines all offenders.”

“The weight of this sad time we must obey;
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.”

“Passion, I see, is catching.”

“Absence from those we love is self from self – a deadly banishment.”

“Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.”

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

“l do desire we be better strangers.”

“Men dan counsel and speak comfort to that grief which they themselves not feel.”

“O, call back yesterday, bid time return.”

“I must be cruel only to be kind”

“We cannot all be masters, nor all masters can be truly followed.”

“Talkers are no good doers”

“’Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.”

“She that was ever fair and never proud,
Had tongue at will, and yet was never loud.”

“There’s daggers in men’s smiles.”

“The night is long that never finds the day.”
“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 perserving sweet.”

“He is the most wretched of men who has never felt adversity.”

“Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.”

“Thus we play the fool with the time and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us.”

“’Tis the mind that makes the body rich.”

“The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.”

“This place is too cold for hell.”

“There was a star danced, and under that was I born.”

“Do you not know that I am a woman? When I think, I must speak.”

“The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch,
Which hurts and is desired.”

“A smile cures the wounding of a frown.”

“Asses are made to bear, and so are you.”

“Away, slight man!”

“The wheel is come full circle.”

“The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on.”

“The little foolery that wise men have makes a great show.”

“How long a time lies in one little word?”

“Could I come near your beauty with my nails,
I’d set my ten commandments in your face.”

“When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though know she lies.”

“The worst is death, and death will have his day.”

“Out, damned spot!”

“Memory, the warder of the brain.”

“O! that way madness lies; let me shun that.”

“How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank.
Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears; soft stillness, and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.”

“In my mind’s eye.”

“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.”

“The good I stand on is my truth and honesty.”

“There is no darkness but ignorance.”

“I have more care to stay than will to go.”

“I wasted time, and now doth Time waste me:
For now hath Time made me his numb’ring clock;
My thoughts are minutes”

“Confess yourself to heaven:
Repent what’s past; avoid what is to come”

“Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

“A woman would run through fire and water for such a kind heart.”

“He praises who wishes to sell.”

“Don’t trust the person who has broken faith once.”

“Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”

“I drink to the general joy of the whole table.”

“He would say untruths and be ever double,
Both in his words and meaning.”

“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.”

“I do not much dislike the matter, but the manner of his speech.”

“Frailty, thy name is woman!”

“Have more than thou showest,
Speak less than thou knowest”

“He does it with a better grace, but I do it more natural”

“Be just and fear not.”

“This was the most unkindest cut of all.”

“He jests at scars that never felt a wound”

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

“True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings.”

“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.”

“Joy delights in Joy.”

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

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

“You are not worth another word, else I’d call you knave.”

“I would my horse had the speed of your tongue . . .”

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, then are dreamt of in your philosophy”

“God, the best maker of all marriages,
Combine your hearts in one.”

“Men’s evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.”
“Go girl, seek happy nights to happy days.”

“She’s beautiful, and therefore to be woo’d
She is a woman, therefore to be won.”

“Daffodils that come before the swallow dares, and takes the winds of March with beauty.”

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

“Women speak two languages – one of which is verbal.”

“My grief lies all within,
And these external manners of lament
Are merely shadows to the unseen grief
That swells with silence in the tortured soul.”

“Commit the oldest sins the newest kind of ways.”

“The best safety lies in fear.”

“Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate,
Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving.”

“Would I were dead, if God’s good will were so,
For what is in this world but grief and woe?”

“Action is eloquence.”

“A dream itself is but a shadow.”

“Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.”

“Striving to be better, oft we mar what’s well.”

“Love is a wonderful, terrible thing”

“I was adored once too.”

“’Tis not enough to help the feeble up,
But to support him after”

“For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause; there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life”

“The prince of darkness is a gentleman”

“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.”

“Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.”

“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.”

“Look like the innocent flower
But be the serpent under it.”

“One that lies three thirds and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard and thrice beaten.”

“’Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.”

“Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.”

“Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow’s dark array,
Days of absence, I am weary;
She I love is far away.”

“The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.”

“Old fools are babes again.”

“Get thee a good husband and use him as he uses thee”

“Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud;
Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
And loathsome canker lies in sweetest bud.
All men make faults.”

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

“But words are words; I never yet did hear
That the bruised heart was pierced through the ear.”

“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action”

“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.”

“A woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her not”

“Greatness knows itself.”

“O’ What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!”

“There is no evil angel but Love.”

“O God! I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams”

“That it should come to this!”

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

“In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.”

“I know a trick worth two of that.”

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

“Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used; exclaim no more against it”

“Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!”

“But I am constant as the northern star,
Of whose true-fix’d and resting quality
There is no fellow in the firmament”

“Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man.”

“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.”

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

“Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

“These words are razors to my wounded heart.”

“To fear the worst oft cures the worse.”

“What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?”

“Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.”

“Beware the Ides of March.”

“So quick bright things come to confusion.”

“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.”

“The moon’s an arrant thief,
And her pale fire she snatches from the sun.”

“Out of this nettle – danger – we pluck this flower – safety.”

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

“Day doth daily draw my sorrows longer,
And night doth nightly make grief’s length seem stronger”

“Be to yourself as you would to your friend.”

“The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life”

“Death lies on her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.”

“Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.”
“Good Dawning to thee friend.”

“A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.”

“Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action.”

“Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.”

“All that is within him does condemn itself for being there.”

“There is a history in all men’s lives.”

“You know I am a woman, lacking wit.”

“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.”

“The sea all water, yet receives rain still,
And in abundance addeth to his store,
So thou being rich in will add to thy will
One will of mine to make thy large will more.”

“The worst is not,
So long as we can say, “This is the worst.””

“This above all; to thine own self be true.”

“All lovers swear more performance than they are able.”

“A light heart lives long.”

“Every subject’s duty is the king’s; but every subject’s soul is his own.”

“In time we hate that which we often fear.”

“What we determine we often break.
Purpose is but the slave to memory.”

“They say, best men are molded out of faults;
And, for the most, become much more the better
For being a little bad.”

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