This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is 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.
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
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.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
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.
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
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.
This above all; to thine own self be true.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.
If music be the food of love, play on.
And why not death rather than living torment? To die is to be banish'd from myself; And Silvia is myself: banish'd from her Is self from self: a deadly banishment!
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
The course of true love never did run smooth.
Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.
I must be cruel, only to be kind.
The golden age is before us, not behind us.
There's place and means for every man alive.
When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
To be, or not to be, that is the question.
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
The wheel is come full circle.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.
Give thy thoughts no tongue.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.
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.
Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
To do a great right do a little wrong.
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Boldness be my friend.
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
Thou know'st the first time that we smell the air we wawl and cry. When we are born we cry, that we are come to this great state of fools.
No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.
Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.
I am not bound to please thee with my answer.
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
Listen to many, speak to a few.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?
The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
They do not love that do not show their love.
I was adored once too.
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
There is no darkness but ignorance.
If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.
But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.
Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.
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.
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
Speak low, if you speak love.
Farewell, fair cruelty.
The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.
O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
An overflow of good converts to bad.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!
The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company.
As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
The love of heaven makes one heavenly.
I dote on his very absence.
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.
What is past is prologue.
Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
I bear a charmed life.
Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.
Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
I say there is no darkness but ignorance.
But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
My pride fell with my fortunes.
There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.
We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.
I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.
It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.
O, had I but followed the arts!
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Such as we are made of, such we be.
Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.
I like not fair terms and a villain's mind.
The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.
The attempt and not the deed confounds us.
There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered.
The valiant never taste of death but once.
I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father.
Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.
In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
'Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.
By that sin fell the angels.
Now is the winter of our discontent.
O' What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!
Men's vows are women's traitors!
Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.
Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?
Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.
How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!
He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.
Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.
If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.
As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
Death is a fearful thing.
Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above.
What's done can't be undone.
Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
Nothing can come of nothing.
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.
Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.
Having nothing, nothing can he lose.
Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.
How well he's read, to reason against reading!
In time we hate that which we often fear.
There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.
Women may fall when there's no strength in men.
Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.
O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!
O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!
Let no such man be trusted.
'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.
Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?
Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!
Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.
I will praise any man that will praise me.
Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.
Love is too young to know what conscience is.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.
For I can raise no money by vile means.
Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!
If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear.
He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer.
A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
For my part, it was Greek to me.
What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.
I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture.
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.
There's many a man has more hair than wit.
And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces.
Time and the hour run through the roughest day.
I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.
Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.
I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.
Men shut their doors against a setting sun.
They say miracles are past.
So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.
Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.