The Mastery of William Shakespeare

  • 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 – Act II, Scene VII)
  • Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. – (Twelfth Night – Act II, Scene V)
  • Out, out, brief candle! 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 – Act V, Scene V)
  • This above all: to thine own self be true. – (Hamlet – Act I, Scene III)
  • Nothing will come of nothing. – (King Lear – Act I, Scene I)
  • Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. – (Julius Caesar – Act I, Scene II)
  • What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. – (Romeo and Juliet – Act II, Scene II)
  • Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges. – (Taming of the Shrew – Act V, Scene I)
  • There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. – (Hamlet – Act II, Scene II)
  • Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come. – (Julius Caesar – Act II, Scene II)
  • A man can die but once. – (King Henry IV, Part II – Act III, Scene II)
  • Fair is foul, and foul is fair. – (Macbeth – Act I, Scene I)
  • I am a man more sinned against than sinning. – (King Lear – Act III, Scene II)
  • Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. – (Julius Caesar – Act III, Scene II)
  • Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest. – (King Lear – Act I, Scene IV)
  • The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. – (As You Like It – Act V, Scene I)
  • 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 – Act III, Scene I)
  • Why, then the world ‘s mine oyster – (The Merry Wives of Windsor – Act II, Scene II)
  • Out of the jaws of death. – (Taming of the Shrew – Act III, Scene IV)
  • Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. – (Julius Caesar – Act III, Scene II)
  • Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. – (King Henry IV, Part II – Act III, Scene I)
  • Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war. – (Julius Caesar – Act III, Scene I)
  • The worst is not, So long as we can say, ‘This is the worst.’. – (King Lear – Act IV, Scene I)
  • We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep. – (The Tempest – Act IV, Scene I)
  • To be, or not to be: that is the question. – ( Hamlet – Act III, Scene I)

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