William Shakespeare Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Twelfth Night, Act 3, Scene 1
1. Love sought is good, but given unsought better.
#2 As You Like It, Act 4, Scene 1
2. Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
#3 Sonnet 116, 1609
3. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove.
#4 As You Like It, Act 2, scene 4
4. If thou remember’st not the slightest folly that ever love did make thee run into, thou hast not lov’d.
#5 The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, scene 6, line 36
5. But love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit.
#6 Twelfth Night, Act 1, scene 1
6. If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die.
#7 Sonnet 18, 1609
7. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
#8-9 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, Scene 1
8. Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.
9. The course of true love never did run smooth.
#10 Sonnet 104, 1609
10. To me, fair friend, you never can be old, for as you were when first your eye I ey’d, such seems your beauty still.
#11 Hamlet (1600-02)
11. Doubt thou the stars are fire. Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar. But never doubt I love.
#12 All’s Well that Ends Well, Act 1, Scene 1
12. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: William Shakespeare (6 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon”. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Sayings by William Shakespeare
#1 As You Like It, Act 5, Scene 1
1. The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
#2 Henry IV Part 2, Act 4, Scene 1
2. A peace is of the nature of a conquest, for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
#3 Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2
3. As he was valiant, I honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him.
#4 Twelfth Night, Act 2, Scene 5
4. In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.
#5 The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 1, Scene 1
5. Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner: come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
#6 Julius Caesar, 1599, Act 2, Scene 2
6. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
#7-8 Hamlet, 1600–1, Act 1, scene 3
7. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
8. This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
#9 Hamlet, 1600–1, Act 2, Scene 2
9. … for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
#10 Hamlet, 1600–1, Act 3, Scene 1
10. To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?
#11 Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2
11. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
#12 The Rape of Lucrece, 1594
12. Time’s glory is to calm contending kings, to unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.
#13 The Merchant of Venice, Act 5, Scene 1
13. How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
#14 Measure for Measure, Act 1, Scene 4
14. Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
#15 Measure for Measure, Act 3, Scene 1
15. The miserable have no other medicine but only hope: I’ve hope to live, and am prepared to die.
#16 THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, ACT IV, SCENE 2
16. Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks Shall win my love:—and so I take my leave, in resolution as I swore before.
#17 Romeo and Juliet, Act II. Scene V.
17. How art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath
To say to me that thou art out of breath?
#18 Scene I, Act III, Third Part of King Henry VI
18 Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
#19 ACT V. SCENE I, The Tempest
19. O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!
#20 Act IV. Scene I, Much Ado About Nothing [S]
20. O! what men dare do! what men may do! what men daily do, not knowing what they do!
Quotes misattributed to William Shakespeare
1. So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.
– John Milton, Paradise Lost
2. When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
– Yiddish proverb (Reference)