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Shakespeare Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes from Shakespeare
  1. #1
    “Yet but three come one more.
    Two of both kinds make up four.
    Ere she comes curst and sad.
    Cupid is a knavish lad.
    Thus to make poor females mad.”
  2. #2
    “Romeo: I dreamt a dream tonight.
    Mercutio: And so did I.
    Romeo: Well, what was yours?
    Mercutio: That dreamers often lie.
    Romeo: In bed asleep while they do dream things true.”
  3. #3
    “A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
    The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head:
    Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
    Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished:
    For never was a story of more woe
    Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
  4. #4
    “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
    Being purg’d, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
    Being vex’d, a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears;
    What is it else? A madness most discreet,
    A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”
  5. #5
    “You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings
    and soar with them above a common bound.”
  6. #6
    “My only love sprung from my only hate.”
  7. #7
    “Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
    O any thing, of nothing first create!
    O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
    Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,
    Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
    Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
    This love feel I, that feel no love in this.”
  8. #8
    “Oh, I am fortune’s fool!”
  9. #9
    “There’s an old saying that applies to me: you can’t lose a game if you don’t play the game.”
  10. #10
    “O, here
    Will I set up my everlasting rest,
    And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
    From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
    Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
    The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
    A dateless bargain to engrossing death!”
  11. #11
    “I defy you, stars.”
  12. #12
    “Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.”
  13. #13
    “These violent delights have violent ends.”
  14. #14
    “If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.”
  15. #15
    “See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
    O, that I were a glove upon that hand
    That I might touch that cheek!”
  16. #16
    “Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
    Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
    Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    And he will make the face of heaven so fine
    That all the world will be in love with night...”
  17. #17
    “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”
  18. #18
    “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”
  19. #19
    “Two households, both alike in dignity
    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
    Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
    From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
    A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life
    Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
    Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.”
  20. #20
    “Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?”
  21. #21
    “Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is!”
  22. #22
    “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
  23. #23
    “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”
  24. #24
    “Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
    That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
  25. #25
    “thus with a kiss I die”
  26. #26
    “Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”
  27. #27
    “My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
    My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
    The more I have, for both are infinite.”
  28. #28
    “Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
  29. #29
    “You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal: except my life, except my life, except my life.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Life
  30. #30
    “The Devil hath power
    To assume a pleasing shape.”
  1. #31
    “Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting
    That would not let me sleep.”
  2. #32
    “The rest, is silence.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Silence
  3. #33
    “I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Madness
  4. #34
    “To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Honesty
  5. #35
    “So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
    It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concepts
    GuiltFear
  6. #36
    “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
  7. #37
    “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.”
  8. #38
    “Words, words, words.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Words
  9. #39
    “If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.”
  10. #40
    “Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Madness
  11. #41
    “When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Sadness
  12. #42
    “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
  13. #43
    “Listen to many, speak to a few.”
  14. #44
    “To be, or not to be: that is the question:
    Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
    To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
    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;
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
    The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
    The insolence of office and the spurns
    That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
    When he himself might his quietus make
    With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?
    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
    And enterprises of great pith and moment
    With this regard their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
    The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
    Be all my sins remember’d!”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concepts
    LifeDeath
  15. #45
    “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
  16. #46
    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”
  17. #47
    “Love is holy.”
  18. #48
    “He kills her in her own humor.”
  19. #49
    “Antonio: Will you stay no longer? nor will you not that I go with you?
    Sebastian: By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly over me; the malignancy of my fate might, perhaps, distemper yours; therefore I shall crave of you your leave that I may bear my evils alone. It were a bad recompense for your love to lay any of them on you.”
  20. #50
    “O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful! And yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping.”
  21. #51
    “True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    concept
    Hope
  22. #52
    “You are thought here to the most senseless and fit man for the job.”
  23. #53
    “Life... is a paradise to what we fear of death.”
  24. #54
    “Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
    May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
    Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
    Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,
    But be the serpent under’t.”
  25. #55
    “Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    concepts
    LoveSoul
  26. #56
    “I have no spur
    To prick the sides of my intent, but only
    Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself
    And falls on the other.”
  27. #57
    “And therefore, — since I cannot prove a lover,
    To entertain these fair well-spoken days, —
    I am determined to prove a villain,
    And hate the idle pleasures of these days.”
  28. #58
    “The Play’s the Thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.”
  29. #59
    “Sweet are the uses of adversity
    Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
    Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”
  30. #60
    “Thou art a very ragged Wart.”
  1. #61
    “Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”
  2. #62
    “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.”
  3. #63
    “All causes shall give way: I am in blood
    Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,
    Returning were as tedious as go o’er.”
  4. #64
    “All’s well that ends well.”
  5. #65
    “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”
  6. #66
    “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”
  7. #67
    “Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
    Hamlet: Words, words, words.
    Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord?
    Hamlet: Between who?
    Lord Polonius: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.”
  8. #68
    “Sweets to the sweet.”
  9. #69
    “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
  10. #70
    “Et tu, Brute?”
  11. #71
    “Conscience doth make cowards of us all.”
  12. #72
    “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
  13. #73
    “To die, to sleep -
    To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there’s the rub,
    For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”
  14. #74
    “You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
  15. #75
    “So quick bright things come to confusion.”
  16. #76
    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
    And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.”
  17. #77
    “Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.”
  18. #78
    “Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”
  19. #79
    “Turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun.”
  20. #80
    “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
    Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
    Who is already sick and pale with grief,
    That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
    Be not her maid, since she is envious;
    Her vestal livery is but sick and green
    And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
    It is my lady, O, it is my love!
    Oh, that she knew she were!”
  21. #81
    “... and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.”
  22. #82
    “O, teach me how you look, and with what art
    You sway the motion of Demetrius’ heart.”
  23. #83
    “Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights;
    Four nights will quickly dream away the time.”
  24. #84
    “So fair and foul a day I have not seen.”
  25. #85
    “Macbeth: How does your patient, doctor?
    Doctor: Not so sick, my lord, as she is troubled with thick-coming fancies that keep her from rest.
    Macbeth: Cure her of that! Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with some sweet oblivious antidote cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff which weighs upon her heart.
    Doctor: Therein the patient must minister to himself.”
  26. #86
    “My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white.”
  27. #87
    “It provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Macbeth
    concept
    Desires
  28. #88
    “O, full of scorpions is my mind!”
  29. #89
    “Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.”
  30. #90
    “Where shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won”
  1. #91
    “I dare do all that may become a man;
    Who dares do more, is none”
  2. #92
    “Fair is foul, and foul is fair, hover through fog and filthy air.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Macbeth
    concept
    Honesty
  3. #93
    “What’s done cannot be undone.”
  4. #94
    “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
  5. #95
    “Life ... is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Macbeth
    concept
    Life
  6. #96
    “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
  7. #97
    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    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.”
  8. #98
    “By the pricking of my thumbs,
    Something wicked this way comes.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Macbeth
    concept
    Future
  9. #99
    “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
    Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
    Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
    ’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
    But he that filches from me my good name
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed.”
  10. #100
    “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.”
  11. #101
    “This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
  12. #102
    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
    But in ourselves.”
  13. #103
    “Under loves heavy burden do I sink.
  14. #104
    “I will not trust you, I,
    Nor longer stay in your curst company.
    Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray,
    My legs are longer though, to run away.”
  15. #105
    “Are you sure
    That we are awake? It seems to me
    That yet we sleep, we dream.”
  16. #106
    “O serpent heart hid with a flowering face!
    Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave?
    Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest - A dammed saint, an honourable villain!”
  17. #107
    “Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once.”
  18. #108
    “I must be cruel only to be kind;
    Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.”
  19. #109
    “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”
  20. #110
    “O teach me how I should forget to think.”
  21. #111
    “Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
  22. #112
    “Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.”
  23. #113
    “The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.”
  24. #114
    “O me! -- you juggler! you canker-blossom!
    You thief of love!”
  25. #115
    “I[f] we shadows have offended,
    Think but this, and all is mended,
    That you have but slumber’d here,
    While these visions did appear,
    And this weak and idle theme,
    No more yielding, but a dream.”
  26. #116
    “O! why rebuke you him that loves you so?
    Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe.”
  27. #117
    “Take pains. Be perfect.”
  28. #118
    “For you, in my respect, are all the world.
    Then how can it be said I am alone
    When all the world is here to look on me?”
  29. #119
    “And sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow’s eye,
    Steal me a while from mine own company.”
  30. #120
    “Thus I die. Thus, thus, thus.
    Now I am dead,
    Now I am fled,
    My soul is in the sky.
    Tongue, lose thy light.
    Moon take thy flight.
    Now die, die, die, die.”
  1. #121
    “So we grew together,
    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition,
    Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.”
  2. #122
    “I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell,
    To die upon the hand I love so well.”
  3. #123
    “My soul is in the sky.”
  4. #124
    “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Madness
  5. #125
    “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
  6. #126
    “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
  7. #127
    “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. ”
  8. #128
    “Educated men are so impressive!”
  9. #129
    “Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.
    Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,
    Yet Grace must still look so.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Macbeth
    concept
    Angels
  10. #130
    “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concepts
    WordsWit
  11. #131
    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    person
    Women
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Perseverance
  12. #132
    “O, then, what graces in my love do dwell,
    That he hath turn’d a heaven unto a hell!”
  13. #133
    “Love moderately. Long love doth so.
    Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.”
  14. #134
    “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.”
  15. #135
    “Love me or hate me, both are in my favour. If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart... If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.”
  16. #136
    “Therefore, another prologue must tell he is not a lion”
  17. #137
    “By my soul I swear, there is no power in the tongue of man to alter me.”
  18. #138
    “God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.”
  19. #139
    “Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments. Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove.
    O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wand’ring barque,
    Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
    Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”
  20. #140
    “Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.”
  21. #141
    “Why should you think that I should woo in scorn?
    Scorn and derision never come in tears:
    Look, when I vow, I weep; and vows so born,
    In their nativity all truth appears.
    How can these things in me seem scorn to you,
    Bearing the badge of faith to prove them true?”
  22. #142
    “Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
    Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet,
    And I am proof against their enmity.”
  23. #143
    “Some are born great, others achieve greatness.”
  24. #144
    “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
  25. #145
    “The love that follows us sometime is our trouble, which still we thank as love.”
  26. #146
    “These violent delights have violent ends
    And in their triump die, like fire and powder
    Which, as they kiss, consume.”
  27. #147
    “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
  28. #148
    “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
    Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    And too often is his gold complexion dimm’d:
    And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
    By chance or natures changing course untrimm’d;
    By thy eternal summer shall not fade,
    Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
    Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
  29. #149
    “But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”
  30. #150
    “The sweetest honey is loathsome in its own deliciousness. And in the taste destroys the appetite. Therefore, love moderately.”
  31. #151
    “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”
  32. #152
    “...Who could refrain,
    That had a heart to love, and in that heart
    Courage to make love known?”
  33. #153
    “False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”
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