William Shakespeare the Great Bard of Stratford

William Shakespeare
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Famous Quotes and Quotations from the plays of William Shakespeare
Shakespearean quotations such as "To be, or not to be" and "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?" form some of literature's most celebrated lines and if asked to recite one of William Shakespeare's most famous quotes or quotations the majority of people would choose one of these. However, many expressions that we use every day originated in William Shakespeare's plays. We use the Bard's words all of the time in everyday speech, however, we are often totally unaware that we are 'borrowing' sayings from his work! William Shakespeare is attributed with writing 38 plays, Famous Shakespearean sonnets and 5 other poems and used about 21,000 different words. William Shakespeare is credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with the introduction of nearly 3,000 words into the language. It's no wonder that expressions from the works of William Shakespeare have become 'anonymous' parts of the English language.

William Shakespeare Quotes - Plagiarism!
The words and quotes of the William Shakespeare can be found everywhere! Shakespearean quotations can be heard on the radio and television on a daily basis. The advertising media love to make use of William Shakespeare quotes and sayings. Famous authors have even used Shakespearean quotations as titles for their books such Aldous Huxley and 'Brave New World'. And speaking of famous authors did you know that "What the dickens" was one of the quotes used by William Shakespeare, long before Charles Dickens was born? Other famous Shakespearean quotations such as "I'll not budge an inch", "We have seen better days" ,"A dish fit for the gods" are all used frequently and, almost as a parody, the expression it's "Greek to me" is often used to describe a frustrated student's view of Shakespeare's work! Politicians dig deep into their pool of William Shakespeare quotes and quotations such as "Fair Play", "Foregone Conclusion ", "One Fell Swoop", and "Into Thin Air ". Furthermore, other Shakespearean quotes such as "to thine own self be true" have become widely spoken pearls of wisdom. So quotes from William Shakespeare have now become household words and sayings - and just to emphasise the point "household word" is also one of the Bard's 'anonymous' quotations!

Some Famous examples of William Shakespeare Quotes and Quotations !
"To be, or not to be: that is the question". - Hamlet (Act III, Scene I).

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry". - Hamlet (Act I, Scene III).

"This above all: to thine own self be true". - Hamlet (Act I, Scene III).

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him". - (Act III, Scene II).

"But, for my own part, it was Greek to me". - (Act I, Scene II).

"The course of true love never did run smooth". - (Act I, Scene I).

Best Known William Shakespeare Quotes and Quotations !
The most celebrated of William Shakespeare's sayings and quotations from each of his famous plays are listed below. Full details of the plays by William Shakespeare, together with their full scripts, may be accessed via each plays specific section.


William Shakespeare Famous Quotes and Quotations from Hamlet

William Shakespeare Famous Quotes from Julius Caesar

William Shakepeare Famous Quotes from The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare Famous Quotes from A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare Famous Quotes from Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare Quotes from King Lear 

William Shakespeare Famous Quotes from Macbeth

William Shakespeare Famous Quotes from Othello

Best  Known Quotes and Quotations - Timon of Athens

Best Known Quotes and Quotations - Titus Andronicus 

Best Known Quotes and Quotations from As You Like It 

Best Known Quotes and Quotations - Cymbeline

Famous Quotes and Quotations - Measure for Measure 

Shakespeare Quotes and Quotations from Merry Wives of Windsor

Famous Quotes and Quotations from Much Ado About Nothing 

William Shakespeare Famous Quotes from Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare Famous Quotes from The Tempest

Quotations and Quotes - Troilus and Cressida

William Shakespeare Best Known Quotes from Twelfth Night

Best Known Quotes and Quotations - Winter's Tale

William Shakespeare Famous Quotes from King Henry IV Part 1

Best Known Quotes and Quotations - King Henry IV Part 2 

William Shakespeare Famous Quotes from King Henry V

Best Known Quotes and Quotations - King Henry VI Part 2 

Best Known Quotes and Quotations - King Henry VI Part 3 

Famous Quotes and Quotations from Richard III

Best Known Quote from Antony and Cleopatra 

Best Known Quotes and Quotations - Coriolanus

Famous quotations about Will Shakespeare
People are fascinated by the works of William Shakespeare. Everyone has an opinion and the most Famous quotes about Shakespeare have been included. These quotations include the words of Keats, Milton, Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oscar Wilde. 

Quotes and Quotations about William Shakespeare by Ben Jonson, Oscar Wilde, Keats, Milton, Wordsworth and Coleridge

Famous Quotes and Quotations from William Shakespeare's plays

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