William Shakespeare Quotes

18+ Best William Shakespeare Authors Quotes

I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.

If you loved any place or anything, you could willingly waste your time on it. People give priority to their choice or like so they can waste their valuable time on their favorite things. it is human nature that everyone gives priority to their choise.

Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.
Topic : Life, Friendship

People's relationships are usually just a facade for the most part. It can be difficult to know if you're being loved or not when someone is pretending. So naturally, this type of behavior often turns out poorly in friendships.

New friends maybe poems but old friends are alphabets. Don't forget the alphabet because you will need them to read the poems.

Old friends share a lot of memories with you. They share memories that involve both happy and sad times. Old friends know you and your habits the best, they are the ones who can give the best pieces of advice. All in all, keeping old friends is a marvelous opportunity to have someone faithful and reliable by your side.

Don't trust the person who has broken faith once.

Lying can be so disastrous that once it’s done, it can be very hard or even impossible to ever trust the person who did it to you. It’s very difficult to trust again especially if it’s someone close to you that has betrayed your trust. That’s why you have to be careful with whom you swear your trust to and stay committed to it.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.
Topic : Honesty

Honesty is Important. Almost everyone has been hurt at some point because of a secret, a distorted truth, a lie, and/or the discovery of something that should have been talked about openly. The impacts that honesty has been life-changing in many ways, as well as the impacts created from lying. No legacy is so rich as honesty.

What's done can't be undone.
Topic : Life Lessons

Events that have already taken place cannot be changed and actions that have already been committed cannot be undone, so it is best not to dwell on them. You cannot reverse, change, or take back that which has already happened.

One-touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Topic : Nature

This line has been spoken by Ulysses in the third act of Troilus and Cressida written by William Shakespeare. Through these lines, he wants to state that the bond of brotherhood or bond of relations is because everyone possesses the same nature. Similar feelings make the people of the world as a community as a whole.

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

The fool is the one who thinks he knows and thinks a lot, has an opinion about everything and judges everybody. He knows himself only as of the body and mind, a separate identity. The wise man knows himself as Absolute Reality, with a childlike/fool-like mind. Acts benevolent indifferent because he is conscious of being the One Reality.

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
Topic : Time

This quote provides many different emotions and opinions in just one sentence, for instance, “3 hours early” means when you have the chance to change something or to make it right, whereas “a minute too late” refers to something you have done that can’t be taken back. When looking at this quote as a whole, this reflects on how we all have to face the fact that nothing is ever perfect and that we all make mistakes from time to time, but we also do in certain circumstances, have the right to change it.

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

When people start to second guess their actions or do things out of fear, they lose the opportunity to do something great or experience something good. So when writers and others like Shakespeare said: "Our doubts are traitors...." they are saying that our inner voice may work to betray us. It may cause us to lose self-confidence and courage to take any and all appropriate actions. Doubts can stop us before we even begin to act. by fearing to attempt – by making us afraid to even try.

There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.
Topic : Betray

In Act l, scene lV, King Duncan speaks these lines about the Thane of Cawdor, who has betrayed him. What Duncan means is that no one can determine what another is thinking by looking at his or her appearance or the expression on such a person's face. It is impossible, therefore, to judge whether the person bears you any ill will or not by reading his or her face.

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
Topic : Parenting

It's not a particularly obscure quotation. It means that if you are a father and you know your own child (which could mean recognizing him or her or understanding him or her) then you are wise. It's said by the clown Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
Topic : Trust, Man

The maxim is based on the measure of wisdom. Man is supposed to listen to everyone and speak very less. In a few words, Polonius counsels Laertes to listen to everyone. He wants him to be open and curious about other people. He encourages Laertes to understand better what others are thinking and feeling, more so than to try to make his own voice known.

Speak low if you speak love.

In this line, Shakespeare tells his audience that speaking loudly while talking about your feelings makes others think less of you. Don Pedro is bidding Hero lower his voice, and it’s sound advice to all who speak of love. Love is serious and lowering the voice is an indication of the importance of the subject at hand.

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

The point being made is that the world is a wicked place with lots of evil people (i.e. “devils”). You don't have to go to “hell” to meet them. They are here. It's not a factual statement. It's a poetic way to express cynicism at how unhappy someone might be with people who have hurt them. It's another way of saying that people are evil.

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

The quote “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions” meant that, when bad incidents occur, they do not happen alone and many other bad happenings occur simultaneously to contribute to human tragedy. A lot of troubles seem to come at the same time, not just one at a time. When something sad happens in our life, it usually doesn't come alone - we normally find that lots of sad events come at the same time.

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
Topic : Fear, Courage

Using death as a metaphor, the Roman ruler minimizes his wife Calpurnia's fears that he may soon die, in the play. Many identify with the call to bravery in the present moment versus "dying inside," so to speak, while wasting one's life in fear of an inevitable end.

If music be the food of love, play on.
Topic : Music

Here, Orsino, Duke of Illyria is asking for music to help him overcome his love for Countess Olivia, who is in the morning and will not be his. With the help of music, he finally gets over his obsession and realizes that he should focus on himself instead of being obsessed with someone else.