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Shakespeare Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Shakespeare.

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

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To thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

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.
- William Shakespeare

Be true to thyself.
- William Shakespeare
(paraphrase of Shakespeare's famous quote)

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Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which
doth mock the meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.
- William Shakespeare

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
- William Shakespeare

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- William Shakespeare

All's well that ends well.
- Proverb (and title of a Shakespeare play)

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

In time we hate that which we often fear.
- William Shakespeare

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare,
and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
- Charles Darwin

Love sought is good,
but given unsought is better.
- William Shakespeare

Love is blind.
- William Shakespeare

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
- William Shakespeare

Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

It was easier to do Shakespeare than a lot of modern
movie scripts that are so poorly written.
- Jessica Lange

You can find more traditional Shakespeare than we do.
But what we want to bring to these works is energy,
passion, freshness.
- John Bradshaw

Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare.
He's the greatest playwright in the English language,
but his politics are fairly square.
- Alex Cox

You learn from mistakes, but Shakespeare is one big
non mistake isn't he? He just got everything right really.
- Janet Suzman

I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up
comic and acting Shakespeare -
in fact,
unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to
be able to play Hamlet properly.
- Ian Mckellen

Read not Milton, for he is dry; nor Shakespeare,
for he wrote of common life.
- Charles Stuart Calverley

On the streets, unrequited love and death go together
almost as often as in Shakespeare.
- Scott Turow

When I first started acting, and we would all sit down
and talk about Shakespeare and how great it was.
I thought well, I suppose it is.
- Judy Davis

I've got no need to prove to myself that I can do Shakespeare.
I've done it.
- Anthony Hopkins

Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds
that have lost their balance.
- James Joyce

A peace is of the nature of a conquest;
for then both parties nobly are subdued,
and neither party loser.
- William Shakespeare

I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature.
I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.
- Ben Okri

No poem, not even Shakespeare or Milton or Chaucer,
is ever strong enough to totally exclude every crucial precursor text or poem.
- Harold Bloom

I wasn't always such a great fan of Shakespeare,
mind you.
I can guess we all at one time had it rammed down our necks at school,
which tends to take the edge off it.
- Christopher Eccleston

I've never done anything for money.
My first love is things of limited commercial appeal.
I could be happy doing Shakespeare for the rest of my life.
- Karen Allen

In college, I started out doing musicals and Shakespeare.
- Ray Liotta

I couldn't believe verse was supposed to be hard.
It was a snap for me.
I loved Shakespeare.
- Ted Lange

Shakespeare was the great one before us.
His place was between God and despair.
- Eugene Ionesco

I believe that nothing comes of nothing,
even in Shakespeare.
I wanted to know where he got the matter he was working
with and what he did with that matter.
- Stephen Greenblatt

What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the
most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the
English language to a young man.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I'd like to do more Shakespeare.
I'd like to do Iago in Othello.
I look so benign.
It would be interesting to see that black evil come out of my soul.
- Kyle MacLachlan

A remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is
really very good in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
- Robert Graves

I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods,
feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare.
An actor must act.
- Laurence Olivier

One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's
characters is his courage to face up to the darker
elements of his personality.
- Kenneth Branagh

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.
- William Shakespeare

The thing that I had saved up for myself and wanted
most to bring off was a fully fledged professional
production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford.
- Trevor Nunn

If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet,
he never would have written Macbeth.
- Joyce Brothers

There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain
a few odd volumes of Shakespeare.
I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for
the first time in a log cabin.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

You have to work with what you are given,
even in Shakespeare.
we have our form and it is important that we free ourselves through it.
- Ajay Naidu

I do think that, for instance, we've been very lucky
to have theatrical careers and be associated with Shakespeare
which sometimes gives you a kind of bogus kudos.
- Kenneth Branagh

Jacobean plays, before Shakespeare, were particularly visceral.
- Christopher Eccleston

Any good piece of material like Shakespeare ought to
be open to reinterpretation.
- Denzel Washington

Shakespeare was a dramatist of note who lived by writing things to quote.
- H. C. Bunner

There's that old adage about how there's only seven
plots in the world and Shakespeare's done them all before.
- Terri Windling

You rarely pay the rent by doing Shakespeare or Ibsen.
- Mandy Patinkin

The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary.
- Kenneth Branagh

It's an intuitive exercise to do a Shakespeare play
and to go through a Shakespeare play.
- Mark Rylance

It's incredibly moving to hear some of our greatest
actors performing Shakespeare.
- Judi Dench

I think Shakespeare had a lot to contribute with his
understanding of the human condition.
- Sharon Gless

We had five goats, two dogs, a cat and racks of commentaries on Shakespeare.
- Charles Dance

Shakespeare lets us see real people undergoing real processes,
with real feelings.
- Vanessa Redgrave


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