William Shakespeare Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old william shakespeare quotes, william shakespeare sayings, and william shakespeare proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


You are an alchemist; make gold of that.     

William Shakespeare

Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.     

William Shakespeare

Do not banish reason for inequality; but let your reason serve to make the truth appear where it seems hid, and hide the false seems true.     

William Shakespeare

Eternity was in our lips and eyes.     

William Shakespeare

Cold indeed, and labor lost: Then farewell heat, and welcome frost!     

William Shakespeare

The fringed curtains of thine eye advance, And say what thou seest yond.     

William Shakespeare

Stones have been known to move and trees to speak.     

William Shakespeare

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.     

William Shakespeare

Ornament is but the guiled shore to a most dangerous sea.     

William Shakespeare

Teeth hadst thou in thy head when thou wast born, To signify thou camest to bite the world.     

William Shakespeare

To persist in doing wrong extenuates not the wrong, but makes it much more heavy.     

William Shakespeare

To do a great right do a little wrong.     

William Shakespeare

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.     

William Shakespeare

The venom clamours of a jealous woman poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.     

William Shakespeare

Frame your mind to mirth and merriment which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.     

William Shakespeare

Slander, whose whisper over the world's diameter, as level as the cannon to its blank, transports its poisoned shot.     

William Shakespeare

Slander lives upon succession, for ever housed where it gets possession.     

William Shakespeare

Who soars too near the sun, with golden wings, melts them.     

William Shakespeare

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.     

William Shakespeare

It is held that valor is the chiefest virtue, and most dignifies the haver.     

William Shakespeare

The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life.     

William Shakespeare

Death makes no conquest of this conqueror: For now he lives in fame, though not in life.     

William Shakespeare

The venom clamours of a jealous woman poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.     

William Shakespeare

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.     

William Shakespeare

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

William Shakespeare

Confess yourself to heaven, Repent what's past, avoid what is to come, And do not spread the compost on the weeds To make them ranker.     

William Shakespeare

Sweets grown common lose their dear delight.     

William Shakespeare

The truest poetry is the most feigning.     

William Shakespeare

Ceremony was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, recanting goodness, sorry ere 'Tis shown; but where there is true friendship, there needs none.     

William Shakespeare

All fancy-sick she is and pale of cheer, with sighs of love, that costs the fresh blood dear.     

William Shakespeare