Shakespeare Quotes

William Shakespeare is best known for some of the most iconic works in literature. Along with his legacy, he left behind quotes that live on today. Incorporating humor and inspiration, here are Shakespeare's most memorable lines.

Shakespeare Once Wrote...

  1. "To be, or not to be: that is the question." -Hamlet, Act 111, Scene 1.
  2. "The course of true love never did run smooth." -A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1, Scene 1
  3. "All that glitters is not gold." -The Merchant of Venice, Act 11, Scene v111
  4. "The fault...is not in our stars, but in ourselves." -Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 111
  5. "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
  6. "I will praise any man that will praise me." -Antony and Cleopatra, Act 11, Scene VI
  7. "I dote on his very absence." -The Merchant of Venice, Act 1, Scene 11
  8. "Better a witty fool than a foolish wit." -Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene V
  9. "God has given you one face, and you make yourself another." -Hamlet, Act 111, Scene 1
  10. "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows." -The Tempest, Act 11, Scene 11

Sound Familiar?

A notable attribute about Shakespeare's quotes is how they have transformed into modern day language today. For example, "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind" can be tied to "love is blind."

Similarly, "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows" sounds like what we say today which is: "misery loves company."