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
Be amazed, get inspired. These are the best of the best!
To be, or not to be: that is the question
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so
I will speak daggers to her, but use none
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool
Absence from those we love is self from self – a deadly banishment.
An overflow of good converts to bad.
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
Farewell, fair cruelty.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
Having nothing, nothing can he lose.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
I say there is no darkness but ignorance.
If music be the food of love, play on.
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces.
In time we hate that which we often fear.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.\
Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
The golden age is before us, not behind us.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch, which hurts and is desired.
The wheel is come full circle.
Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.
‘Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.
What is past is prologue.
What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he’s an enemy to mankind.
What’s done can’t be undone.
When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
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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