Hailed as the national poet of England and ‘Bard of Avon’, William Shakespeare’s literary work still remains unprecedented and legendary to this day.  His plays and sonnets are deeply revered, read and performed even now. On the occasion of the bard’s 400th death anniversary today, we’ve compiled a list for you all to savor the many nuances in his tragedies, comedies and poetry that still fascinate us all. Read away:


1) Brevity is the soul of wit.(Hamlet)

2) Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.(Twelfth Night)

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3) The course of true love never did run smooth.(A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

4) Why then ’tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or
bad, but thinking makes it so. (Hamlet)

5) 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. (As You Like It)

6) Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting. (Henry V)

7) The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.(Measure for Measure)

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8) Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. (All’s Well That Ends Well)

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9) If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? (The Merchant of Venice)

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10)Now is the winter of our discontent. (Richard III)

11) Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. (Julius Caesar)

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12) Men of few words are the best men. (King Henry V)

13) Lord, what fools these mortals be! (A Midsummer Night’s dream)

14) Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day. (Macbeth)

15) With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. (The Merchant of Venice)

16) Pray now, forget and forgive. (King Lear)

17) Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. (The Tempest)

18) Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney-sweepers, come to dust. (Cymbeline)

19) Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe. (Richard III)

20) All that glisters is not gold. (The Merchant of Venice)

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21) To thine own self be true. (Hamlet)

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22) Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest. (King Lear)

23) We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep. (The Tempest)

Which quotes are your favourite?