Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Quotes by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is considered the greatest English writer.  His plays and poems have stood the test of time.  It is not surprising that they are the source of many famous quotes. 

I have chosen ten of my favourite quotes from William Shakespeare's plays.  It was not easy to select ten, but I managed to do so.  Here they are:

1) (Romeo and Juliet)

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.

2) (Romeo and Juliet)  

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

3) (Romeo and Juliet)  

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?  

4) (The Merchant of Venice)  

The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

5) (King Lear)

Nothing will come of nothing.

6) (Othello)

T'is neither here nor there.

7) (As You Like It)

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

8) (Julius Caesar)

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

9) (Hamlet)

To be or not to be:  that is the question.

10) (Twelfth Night)

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

The single lines "To be or not to be: that is the question" and O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" are undoubtedly among the most famous lines written by William Shakespeare.  They are from two of his most popular tragedies, Hamlet  and Romeo and Juliet.









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