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William Shakespeare’s Love Quotes and Sayings

1. Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

2. Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.

3. Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

4. If thou remember not the slightest folly into which loves hast made thee run, though hast not loved.

5. But love is blind and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit; for if they could, Cupid himself would blush to see me thus transformed to a boy.

6. If music be the food of love, play on.

7. Shall I compare thee to a summer day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate… When in eternal lines to time thou growst So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

8. Love asks me no questions, and gives me endless support…

9. Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eye, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

10. The courses of true love never did run smooth.

11. So dear I love him that with him, all deaths I could endure. Without him, lives no life.

12. To me, fair friend, you never can be old, for as you were when first your eyes I eyed, such seems your beauty still.

13. Doubt that the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.

14. Never play with the feelings of others because you may win the game but the risk is that you will surely lose the person for a life time.

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon” (or simply “The Bard“). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare‘s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare‘s.

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare’s genius, and the Victorians hero-worshiped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called “bardolatry”. In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world. (Read more about William Shakespeare on Wikipedia)

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Sayings by William Shakespeare

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

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

3. As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.

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

5. Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

6. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

7. Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.

8. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

9. How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

10. When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

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

12. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

13. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.