William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon”. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays,[nb 3] 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play On.
We Know What We Are, But Know Not What We May Be.
Death Is A Fearful Thing.
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.
I Never See Thy Face But I Think Upon Hell-fire.
O, What A Goodly Outside Falsehood Hath!
I See That The Fashion Wears Out More Apparel Than The Man.
Nature Hath Framed Strange Fellows In Her Time.
Virtue Is Bold, And Goodness Never Fearful.
Faith, There Hath Been Many Great Men That Have Flattered The People Who Ne'er Loved Them.
I Give Unto My Wife My Second Best Bed With The Furniture.
O! For A Muse Of Fire, That Would Ascend The Brightest Heaven Of Invention.
The Course Of True Love Never Did Run Smooth.
As Flies To Wanton Boys, Are We To The Gods; They Kill Us For Their Sport.
This Above All; To Thine Own Self Be True.
Fortune Brings In Some Boats That Are Not Steered.
As Soon Go Kindle Fire With Snow, As Seek To Quench The Fire Of Love With Words.
What Is Past Is Prologue.
Fishes Live In The Sea, As Men Do A-land; The Great Ones Eat Up The Little Ones.
Things Done Well And With A Care, Exempt Themselves From Fear.
Things Won Are Done, Joy's Soul Lies In The Doing.
'Tis Not Enough To Help The Feeble Up, But To Support Them After.
Better Three Hours Too Soon Than A Minute Too Late.
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.
Give Every Man Thy Ear, But Few Thy Voice.
The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them; The Good Is Oft Interred With Their Bones.
Is It Not Strange That Desire Should So Many Years Outlive Performance?
My Pride Fell With My Fortunes.
They Say Miracles Are Past.
If You Can Look Into The Seeds Of Time, And Say Which Grain Will Grow And Which Will Not, Speak Then Unto Me.
The Lunatic, The Lover, And The Poet, Are Of Imagination All Compact.
Talking Isn't Doing. It Is A Kind Of Good Deed To Say Well; And Yet Words Are Not Deeds.
Modest Doubt Is Called The Beacon Of The Wise.
'Tis One Thing To Be Tempted, Another Thing To Fall.
One Touch Of Nature Makes The Whole World Kin.
He Is Winding The Watch Of His Wit; By And By It Will Strike.
He That Is Giddy Thinks The World Turns Round.
Nothing Can Come Of Nothing.
They Do Not Love That Do Not Show Their Love.
Sweet Are The Uses Of Adversity Which, Like The Toad, Ugly And Venomous, Wears Yet A Precious Jewel In His Head.
O Thou Invisible Spirit Of Wine, If Thou Hast No Name To Be Known By, Let Us Call Thee Devil.
Let Every Eye Negotiate For Itself And Trust No Agent.
The Valiant Never Taste Of Death But Once.
Life Every Man Holds Dear; But The Dear Man Holds Honor Far More Precious Dear Than Life.
O, Had I But Followed The Arts!
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.
How Oft The Sight Of Means To Do Ill Deeds Makes Ill Deeds Done!
I Shall The Effect Of This Good Lesson Keeps As Watchman To My Heart.
Life Is As Tedious As Twice-told Tale, Vexing The Dull Ear Of A Drowsy Man.
Wisely, And Slow. They Stumble That Run Fast.