Top 50 Best Inspiring William Shakespeare Quotes

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare Quotes: William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”.

Common Asked Questions About William Shakespeare

What was William Shakespeare's real name?

His baptism was recorded in the registers at Stratford-on-Avon on April 26 1564, where he is named as Gulielmus Shaksper

What are Shakespeare's birth and death dates?

It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn. Shakespeare’s date of death is conclusively known, however: it was April 23, 1616.

Our Favorite William Shakespeare Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“When he 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 And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

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

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


“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.”

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

“You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”

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

“These violent delights have violent ends And in their triump die, like fire and powder Which, as they kiss, consume”

“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.”

“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.”

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

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

“My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy.”

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

“thus with a kiss I die”

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

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


“To die, to sleep - To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”

“Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!”

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

“All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold.”

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

“Dispute not with her: she is lunatic.

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”

“Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.”

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.”

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

“Listen to many, speak to a few.”

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”

“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. ”

“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.”

“The breaking of so great a thing should make A greater crack: the round world Should have shook lions into civil streets, And citizens to their dens.”

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

“They do not love that do not show their love.”

“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.”

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”