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This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

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What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

To thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
- William Shakespeare

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.
- William Shakespeare

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

Be true to thyself.
- William Shakespeare
(paraphrase of Shakespeare's famous quote)

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

In time we hate that which we often fear.
- William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Love is blind.
- William Shakespeare

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which
doth mock the meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

All's well that ends well.
- Proverb (and title of a Shakespeare play)

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
- William Shakespeare

Love sought is good,
but given unsought is better.
- William Shakespeare

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances,
when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.
- Horace Walpole

Shaw is like a train.
One just speaks the words and sits in one's place.
But Shakespeare is like bathing in the sea -
one swims where one wants.
- Vivien Leigh

Shakespeare is the true multicultural author.
He exists in all languages.
He is put on the stage everywhere.
Everyone feels that they are represented by him on the stage.
- Harold Bloom

Prior to Wordsworth, humor was an essential part of poetry.
I mean, they don't call them Shakespeare comedies for nothing.
- William Collins

It's a perfectly valid position to not like Shakespeare.
- Ted Rall

I couldn't believe verse was supposed to be hard.
It was a snap for me.
I loved Shakespeare.
- Ted Lange

Doing Shakespeare in the Park has always been a dream.
Everyone else says Hamlet, but I want to play Romeo.
- Aaron Yoo

I think reading Shakespeare's plays when I was young was extremely important.
He had the ability to make utter strangers come alive.
- Rita Dove

A peace is of the nature of a conquest;
for then both parties nobly are subdued,
and neither party loser.
- William Shakespeare

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench
the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare

And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater,
wherein all humans are acting out their parts.
- James Broughton

Shakespeare is like mother's milk to me.
- John Lithgow

I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare,
but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.
- Spike Milligan

Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds
that have lost their balance.
- James Joyce

I had the training at drama school where I studied
Shakespeare and Brecht and Chekov and all these period
historical playwrights and I think that I responded to the material.
- Orlando Bloom

I grew up reading Shakespeare and Mark Twain.
- Jackson Browne

To me, Mozart is our Shakespeare, the one who wrote the most dramatic,
psychologically most baffling music.
He combined ideas that no one else would have thought of putting together.
- Lukas Foss

The Shakespeare that Shakespeare became is the name
that's attached to these astonishing objects that he left behind.
- Stephen Greenblatt

The thing that I had saved up for myself and wanted
most to bring off was a fully fledged professional
production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford.
- Trevor Nunn

Shakespeare is the one who gets re-interpreted most frequently.
- Sam Waterston

Shakespeare doesn't really write subtext,
you play the subtext.
- Gary Oldman

I'm a games and theory kind of guy.
I love puzzles, so it was fun dissecting Shakespeare's prose.
- Neil Patrick Harris

If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet,
he never would have written Macbeth.
- Joyce Brothers

I cannot understate the ability to handle classical
texts such as Shakespeare.
- Louise Jameson

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

It is true that there are few plays of Shakespeare that I haven't done.
- Judi Dench

I believe that nothing comes of nothing,
even in Shakespeare.
I wanted to know where he got the matter he was working
with and what he did with that matter.
- Stephen Greenblatt

If you got what it takes, you'll make it.
If you don't, Shakespeare couldn't help you.
- Jack L. Chalker

I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature.
I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.
- Ben Okri

On the streets, unrequited love and death go together
almost as often as in Shakespeare.
- Scott Turow

If you are feeling something, then Shakespeare felt it and wrote about it -
and wrote about it so eloquently.
- Richard McCabe

You can find more traditional Shakespeare than we do.
But what we want to bring to these works is energy,
passion, freshness.
- John Bradshaw

I loved doing Shakespeare.
My two favorite roles, in fact, have been Viola in
Twelfth Night and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Blythe Danner

In college, I started out doing musicals and Shakespeare.
- Ray Liotta

Shakespeare lets us see real people undergoing real processes,
with real feelings.
- Vanessa Redgrave

What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the
most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the
English language to a young man.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense...
I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash.
- Anthony Hopkins

I think Freud is about contamination,
but I think that is something he learned from Shakespeare,
because Shakespeare is about nothing but contamination,
you might say.
- Harold Bloom

I had a feeling about Shakespeare's soliloquies,
that there should be a real exchange between the actor and the audience.
- Trevor Nunn

I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.
- Anne Stevenson

Shakespeare was the great one before us.
His place was between God and despair.
- Eugene Ionesco

What if Shakespeare had had a test audience for Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet?
- Brendan Fraser


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