41 Best William Shakespeare Quotes

William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.

He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon“. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship.

His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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.

Here we have got 41 best William Shakespeare quotes about love and life:


1. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”


2. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”


3. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”


4. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”


5. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”


6. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”


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


8. “You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”


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


10. “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”


11. “My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.”


12. “The course of true love never did run smooth.”


13. “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”


14. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”


15. “I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”


16. “Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”


17. “Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”


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


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


20. “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”


21. “Nothing can come of nothing.”


22. “How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”


23. “What’s done can’t be undone.”


24. “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”


25. “No legacy is so rich as honesty.”


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


27. “I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”


28. “The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”


29. “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”


30. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”


31. “What is past is prologue.”


32. “Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.”


33. “Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.”


34. “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”


35. “Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.”


36. “I bear a charmed life.”


37. “Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.”


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


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


40. “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”


41. “Boldness be my friend.”


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