Shakespearean phrases frequently used in today’s discourse (1)

There are many, many phrases and quotes that William Shakespeare penned for his plays centuries ago that are still frequently used today. In the first of two postings, here’s a selected list of 30 of the most common of the Bard’s memorable – and timeless – sayings.

  • A dish fit for the gods
  • A fool’s paradise
  • A foregone conclusion
  • A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse
  • A plague on both your houses
  • A sorry sight
  • All corners of the world
  • All that glitters is not gold
  • All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players
  • All’s well that ends well
  • As dead as a doornail
  • As good luck would have it
  • As pure as the driven snow
  • At one fell swoop
  • Come what come may
  • Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war
  • Eaten out of house and home
  • Fight fire with fire
  • For ever and a day
  • Frailty, thy name is woman
  • Good riddance
  • Green eyed monster
  • He will give the Devil his due
  • Heart’s content
  • His beard was as white as snow
  • Hoist by your own petard
  • I have not slept one wink
  • If music be the food of love, play on
  • In a pickle
  • In my mind’s eye


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