Wednesday, February 29, 2012

William Shakespeare: 20 Enduring Quotes

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright and is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets.

Where does one begin creating a list of memorable lines from his immortalized plays? Rather than choosing some of the famous longer passages, I have selected some shorter lines which provide some perspective on human nature:

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

-A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

-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.

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

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

-Wisely and slow, they stumble who run fast.

-Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?

-If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.

-Be great in act, as you have been in thought.

-In time we hate that which we often fear.

Selected by quoteflections.

-Everything that grows holds in perfection but a moment.

-Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

-What is past is prologue.

-In thy face I see the map of honor, truth, and loyalty.

-Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.

-Striving to be better, oft we mar what's well.

-Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

-Expectation is the root of all heartache.

-Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none.

-Of all knowledge the wise and good seek most to know themselves.

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