William Shakespeare is undoubtedly the most quoted English writer of all the times. He is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and his quotes and quotations are widely used to express different emotions. While it is hard to determine definitively the most famous quotes, we will present here a few quotes that are famously used worldwide. Some of these quotes are remembered for their beauty while some of them bring out everyday truths in the situation. For an English learner, using these quotes could help you show your wisdom and impress the other person instantly.
Shakespeare’s famous quotes
1. To be, or not to be: that is the question.
2. What’s in a name? A rose by any name would smell as sweet.
3. All that glitters is not gold.
4. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
5. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
6. 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.
7. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. (Twelfth Night)
8. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
9. Now is the winter of our discontent. (Richard III)
10. A man can die but once.
11. Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
12. Love me or hate me, both are in my favor...If you love me, I'll always be in your heart...If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind.”
13. 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?
14. The course of true love never did run smooth.
15. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
16. Strong reasons make strong actions.
17. There is no darkness but ignorance
18. Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
This year is Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary and still there is a lot that we have to learn from the greatest writer of all times. It is important that as an English learner who aspires to be a fluent English speaker, you take interest in Shakespeare’s work and learn from it. The quotes listed above are widely used by native English speakers and if you know about them, you could actually come up with one of your favorite and impress through your communication.
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- By Chander Madan
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