William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616

English Playwright


Julius Caesar (1599) act 2, sec.2
Cowards die many times before their deaths. (Uttered by CAESAR)

Hamlet (1601) act 3, sc. 1, 1.56
To be, or not to be: that is the question. (Uttered by HAMLET)

Hamlet (1601) act 1, sc. 5, 1.66
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Hamlet (1601) act 2, sc. 2, 1.90
Brevity is the soul of wit.

As you Like It (1599) act 2, sc. 7, 1.174
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind

As man's ingratitude:
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.

As you Like It (1599) act 2, sc. 7, 1.139
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.

Macbeth (1606) act 5, sc. 1, 1.[55]
All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. (Uttered by Lady Macbeth)

Macbeth (1606) act 5, sc. 5
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 (1606) act 1, sc. 1
Fair is foul, and foul is fair.

All's Well that Ends Well (1603 4) act 2, sc. 3, 1. [315]
A young man married is a man that's marred.

As You Like It (1599) act 2, sc. 1, 1.12
Sweet are the uses of adversity.

As You Like It (1599) act 2, sc. 5, 1.1
Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird's throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

When we are born, we cry, that we are come
To this great stage of fools.

"All's Well That Ends Well", Act I scene 1
Love all, trust a few, Do wrong to none.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

"Hamlet", Act 2
Frailty, thy name is woman!

"As You Like It". Act 5 scence 1
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

'Hamlet'. Act 3
I must be cruel, only to be kind:
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.