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Top 15 Quotes by Shakespeare
Today we're going to focus on some of the most memorable quotes by William Shakespeare, from his notorious works to his most personal sonnets, but first.
What can be said about Shakespeare?
Surprisingly, quite a lot. I say surprisingly because of how mysterious this legendary poet and playwright was. All that we know for certain are merely shallow biographical outlines of his life. However, what Shakespeare's notorious works as well as his more personal sonnets reveal is more than any autobiography could.
Shakespeare's most notable gift is his vast comprehension of human nature and his ability to put it in writing.
The world would indeed be a better place if we learn the lessons Shakespeare tried to teach us about letting greed, revenge, paranoia and fear take over our moral compass.
Shakespeare Quotations :
- "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."
Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head."
- "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."
- "A wretched soul, bruised with adversity,
We bid be quiet when we hear it cry,
But were we burdened with like weight of pain,
As much or more we should ourselves complain."
- "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."
- "I despised my arrival on this earth and I despise my departure; it is a tragedy."
- "A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."
- "Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds."
- "Oh, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant."
- "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
- "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."
- "Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."
- "Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes."
- "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."
- "I must be cruel only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind."
- "Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."