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Famous Shakespeare Quotations

Updated on July 13, 2013

The Most Famous Quotations of Shakespeare

Shakespeare is the greatest name in the whole range of English Literature and one of the great writers of the world. He is one of the most quoted writer in the world also. Being a popular writer of unquestioned fame, many inspirational and thought provoking extracts from his great works, which touch almost all areas of human thought and action, have entered to our every day speech and writing. Many of his usages like "All that glisters is not gold" , and " All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players", have become part of the languages of the world even though many of us unaware that it was introduced by the master writer's creative mind.

Love is a spirit all compact of fire.

(Venus and Adonis )

Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?

(As You Like It)

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.

(Romeo and Juliet)

Doubt thou the stars are fire;

Doubt that the sun doth move;

Doubt truth to be a liar;

But never doubt I love.


Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

(A Midsummer Night's Dream)

If thou remember'st not the slightest folly

That ever love did make thee run into,

Thou hast not loved.

(As You Like It)

Eternity was in our lips and eyes,

Bliss in our brows' bent; none our parts so poor

But was a race of heaven.

(Antony and Cleopatra)

Such is my love, to thee I so belong,

That for thy right myself will bear all wrong.

(Sonnet 88)

But love, first learned in a lady's eyes,

Lives not alone immured in the brain;

But, with the motion of all elements,

Courses as swift as thought in every power,

And gives to every power a double power,

Above their functions and their offices.

(Love's Labours Lost)

One half of me is yours, the other half yours

Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours,

And so all yours.

(The Merchant of Venice)

I love thee so, that, maugre all thy pride,

Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide.

Do not extort thy reasons from this clause,

For that I woo, thou therefore hast no cause

But rather reason thus with reason fetter,

Love sought is good, but given unsought better.

(Twelfth Night)

Love is a smoke made with the fumes 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 preserving sweet.

(Romeo and Juliet)

Shakespeare Friendship Quotes

Famous Shakespeare Quotations on Friendship

A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.

(Julius Caesar)

Keep thy friend

Under thy own life's key.

(All's Well That Ends Well)

Friendship is constant in all things

Save in the office and affairs of love.

(Much Ado About Nothing )

I count myself in nothing else so happy

As in a soul remembering my good friends.

(Richard II)

Love, friendship, charity, are subjects all

To envious and calumniating time.

(Troilus and Cressida )

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,

Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel.

(Hamlet )

There is flattery in friendship.

(Henry V )

If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not

As to thy friends; for when did friendship take

A breed for barren metal of his friend?

(The Merchant of Venice )

To mingle friendship far is mingling bloods.

(The Winter's Tale )

The band that seems to tie their friendship together will be the very strangler of their amity.

(Antony and Cleopatra )

To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes,

Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown;

But where there is true friendship, there needs none.

(Timon of Athens )

I would not wish

Any companion in the world but you.

(The Tempest )

That which I would discover

The law of friendship bids me to conceal.

(The Two Gentlemen of Verona)

Shakespeare Marriage Quotes

Famous Shakespeare Quotations on Marriage

Fools are as like husbands as pilchards are to

herrings, the husband's the bigger.

(Twelfth Night )

A young man married is a man that's marr'd.

(All's Well That Ends Well)

Get thee a good husband,

and use him as he uses thee.

(All's Well That Ends Well )

If men could be contented to be what they are, there were no fear in marriage.

(All's Well That Ends Well )

Hasty marriage seldom proveth well.

Henry VI Part 3 )

Thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee a wife!

(Much Ado About Nothing )

Who woo'd in haste and means to wed at leisure.

(The Taming of the Shrew )

I will be master of what is mine own:

She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,

My household stuff, my field, my barn,

My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing.

(The Taming of the Shrew )

With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage.

(Hamlet )

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed: maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

(As You Like It )

The fittest time to corrupt a man's wife is when she's fallen out with her husband.


With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage.

(Hamlet )

Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.

(The Merchant of Venice)

In love the heavens themselves do guide the state;

Money buys lands, and wives are sold by fate.

(The Merry Wives of Windsor )

The curse of marriage

That we can call these delicate creatures ours

And not their appetites!


I have thrust myself into this maze,

Haply to wive and thrive as best I may.

(The Taming of the Shrew)

Top 10 Shakespeare Quotes

10 Famous Shakespeare quotations

1. To be, or not to be: that is the question.


2. All that glisters is not gold.

(The Merchant of Venice)

3. Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

(Twelfth Night)

4. Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

(Twelfth Night)

5. 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.

(As You Like It)

6. What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

(Romeo and Juliet)

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

(Julius Caesar)

8. 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.


9. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

( Julius Caesar)

10. What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.

(Hamlet )

Shakespeare Misquotes

Famous Shakespeare Misquotations

Misquote:"all the glitters is not gold".

Original Quote: "all that glisters is not gold"

(The Merchant of Venice)

Misquote: "The rest is science"

Original Quote: "The rest is silence"


Misquote: "Methinks the lady doth protest too much"

Original Quote: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."


Misqoute: "A rose by any other name smells just as sweet."

Original Quote: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet"

(Romeo and Juliet)

Misquote: "Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him well."

Original Quote: "Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio - a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy."


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    • RGrieco profile image


      6 years ago

      Great Lens, Shakespear is my favourite playwriter.

    • Rangoon House profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      Truly beautiful quotes and lovely images to accompany them.

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens, Thumbs up!

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      Stephen Bush 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      While I am neutral at best on Shakespeare, some of his words certainly have passed the test of time. SquidAngel blessings.

    • TwistedWiseman profile image


      6 years ago

      With all it's beauty and charm words can just get your girlfriend into your arms :)

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, amazing job!

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      6 years ago

      Really interesting lens. Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks so sharing these Shakespeare quotes - I also like that you added the misquotes section!

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      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      Really great list of quotes :-)

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      Very nice lens. I enjoyed the quotes and the lovely images.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed reading these quotes.

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      6 years ago

      Great work in compiling these quotes! :)

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      6 years ago

      I just had to come back and mention it. Do you know that the house Shakespeare was born in is still standing in Kent, England. I go to the place every time I visit my Dad.

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      6 years ago

      Lens like yours keep me surprised by Squidoo. The freedom of expressions is really good for creativity, kudos to you for this lens.

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      SailingPassion LM 

      6 years ago

      Love the lens - daughter is a budding actress, so we see a lot of Shakespeare at the Globe and Stratford :-)

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      6 years ago

      Wow, Kumar, this is a stunning lens. The quotes you have chosen are just perfect, and the paintings are quite exquisite. Well done, you - it was obviously a labour of love, and it shows.

      Cheers, Beejay4016


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