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Words Of Wisdom From Writings Of William Shakespeare

1. ‘To be, or not to be: that is the question’

(Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1)

2. ‘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.’

(As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7)

3. ‘Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?‘

(Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2)

4. ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’

(Richard III, Act 1, Scene 1)

5. ‘Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?’

(Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 1)

6. ‘The lady doth protest too much, methinks‘

(Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2)

7. ‘Beware the Ides of March.‘

(Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2)

8. ‘Get thee to a nunnery.‘

(Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1)

9. ‘If music be the food of love play on.‘

(Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 1)

10. ‘What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’

(Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2)

11. ‘The better part of valor is discretion‘

(Henry IV, Part 1, Act 5, Scene 4)

12. ‘All that glisters is not gold.‘

(The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 7)

13. ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears: I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.’

(Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2)

14. ‘Cry “havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war‘

(Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1)

15. ‘A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!‘

(Richard III, Act 5, Scene 4)

16. ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’

(Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5)

17. ‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.’

(A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, Scene 1)

18. ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.’

(Sonnet 18)

19. ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.‘

(Henry IV, Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1)

20. ‘Brevity is the soul of wit.‘

(Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2)

21. ‘This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle… This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.’

(Richard II, Act 2, Scene 1)

22. ‘What light through yonder window breaks.’

(Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2)

23. ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.’

(Twelfth Night, Act 2, Scene 5)

24. ‘Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.’

(Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene 2)

25. ‘Full fathom five thy father lies, of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fade, but doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange.’

(The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2)

26. ‘A man can die but once.’

(Henry IV, Part 2, Act 3, Part 2)

27. ‘How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!’

(King Lear, Act 1, Scene 4)

28. ‘Frailty, thy name is woman.’

(Hamlet Act 1, Scene 2)

29. ‘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?’

(The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, Scene 1)

30. ‘I am one who loved not wisely but too well.’

(Othello, Act 5, Scene 2)

31. ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.’

(The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1)

32. ‘Life’s 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.’

(Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5)

33. ‘To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.’

(Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3)

34. ‘Et tu, Brute?‘

(Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1)

35. ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’

(Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2)

36. ‘Nothing will come of nothing.’

(King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1)

37. ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

(A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, Scene 1)

38. ‘Lord, what fools these mortals be!’

(A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, Scene 1)

39. ‘The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.’

(Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2)

40. ‘Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.’

(Sonnet 116)

41. ‘The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interrèd with their bones.’

(Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2)

42. ‘But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.’

(Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2)

43. ‘Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.’

(Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3)

44. ‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’

(Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5)

45. ‘Off with his head!’

(Richard III, Act 3, Scene 4)

46. ‘Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.’

(The Tempest, Act 2, Scene 2)

47. ‘This is very midsummer madness.’

(Twelfth Night, Act 3, Scene 4)

48. ‘Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.’

(Much Ado About Nothing, Act 3, Scene 1)

49. ‘I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.’

(The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 3, Scene 2)

50. ‘We have seen better days.’

(Timon of Athens, Act 4, Scene 2)

51. ‘I  am a man more sinned against than sinning.’

(King Lear, Act 3, Scene 2)

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