Why are you here…

William Shakespeare is widely known to be one of the most influential and well known English Poet and Playwright. His birth date is yet to be discovered, but he was known to be baptized on the 26th of April, 1594. Brought up in Statford-upon-Avon, married at the age of 18, had 3 kids, started as an actor and a part owner of a playing company. Died on the 23rd of April 1616, three years after his retirement.

If you want to read more about his life, follow the Wikipedia article.

The question that we are going to answer on this page is who William Shakespeare is throught his quotes, taken mostly from his works. This cult of the medieval times was simply too brilliant and you will see why.

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

Actually the full quote is a little different, but I had to make it a tad shorter and modernized. The full quote is:

Well, then it isn’t one to you, since nothing is really good or bad in itself—it’s all what a person thinks about it. And to me, Denmark is a prison.

Part of Act 2, Scene 2, Page 11 of Hamlet where  Claudius and Gertrude host Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, whom are Hamlet’s friends coming from Wittenberg. Concentrates on Hamlets erratic borderline crazy behavior.

Why is Shakespeare so Important

What are quotes? Who is Shakespeare?

Quotes are statements, small little saying that somehow or somewhat are big little sayings that brighten our day. They are smart, really really smart, since we have picked them from the list of six billion people that populate the modern world and I will not even start with the previous people that now calmly rest in peace.  On this note we have William Shakespeare. He is one of the brightest minds that ever lived this world, one of the most successful writers that ever had the decency to leave something at us, our lovely and really smart world.

But who was Shakespeare. Born in 1564, English playwright, poet and actor. Inventor of modern drama, England’s national poet, with an extremely crazy and eventful works that include around 38 plays, 2 narrative poems, 3 epitaphs, an immense number of poems and last but not least, 154 sonnets. Let me repeat myself, 154 sonnets! That is what a 52 year old; living in the 15 hundreds has brought to the table! What have you done?

To continue with Shakespeare appraisal, he was acclaimed by the romantics, loved by George Bernard Shaw, worshipped by the Victorians and everything that he has written, everything that has stayed and is recorded in today’s world is studied, loved, worshipped, framed in every room and I will not even go into the extend of the reinterpretations that in all political, anthropological, philosophical, comical context in today’s world.

Let’s get back to his quotes and why you are here. His genius is even making me write this. Shakespeare quotes, are something that you need to know, that you need to acknowledge and need to read about.

Let me start with:

“Is this a dagger which I see before me?”

“To be or not to be”

“What light through yonder window breaks“

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”

These are somehow some of the most famous ones, but he also was an expert if you want to get a little lovey dovey

Othello – Excellent wretch! Perdition catches my soul, but I do love thee, and when I love thee not, chaos is come again

The Merchant of Venice – Lovers ever run before the clock

Othello – I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip

Henry V – I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say ‘I love you’

Henry VI – I’ll make my heaven in a lady’s lap

Henry V – You have witchcraft in your lips

Othello – I humbly do beseech of your pardon, for too much loving you

The Taming of the Shrew – Kiss me, Kate, we shall be married o’Sunday