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636 Inspiring Quotes by William Shakespeare

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Wikipedia Summary for William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard"). His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays, 154 sonnets, three 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. They also continue to be studied and reinterpreted.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime 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. At age 49 (around 1613), he appears to have retired to Stratford, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive; this has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, his sexuality, his religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories and are regarded as some of the best work produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies until 1608, among them Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, all considered to be among the finest works in the English language. In the last phase of his life, he wrote tragicomedies (also known as romances) and collaborated with other playwrights.

Many of Shakespeare's plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy in his lifetime. However, in 1623, two fellow actors and friends of Shakespeare's, John Heminges and Henry Condell, published a more definitive text known as the First Folio, a posthumous collected edition of Shakespeare's dramatic works that included all but two of his plays. The volume was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which Jonson presciently hailed Shakespeare in a now-famous quote as "not of an age, but for all time".

aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

This above all: to thine own self be true.

--William Shakespeare

white and blue floral textile

Don't judge a man's conscience by looking at his face cause he may have a bad heart.

--William Shakespeare

fire near trees

I wish my horse had the speed of your tongue.

--William Shakespeare

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.

--William Shakespeare

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

Love is familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.

--William Shakespeare

green leaf in close up photography

Good words are better than bad strokes.

--William Shakespeare

red rose

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of hummingbird sucking nectar in flower

Boldness be my friend.

--William Shakespeare

man facing women near forest

Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn.

--William Shakespeare

mountains under white clouds at daytime

There's meaning in thy snores.

--William Shakespeare

purple flower in tilt shift lens

The valiant never taste of death but once.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

If thou dost love, proclaim it faithfully.

--William Shakespeare

snow covered brown mountain

Your gentleness shall force More than your force move us to gentleness.

--William Shakespeare

raindrops on clear window

The present eye praises the present object.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

Civil dissension is a viperous worm That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.

--William Shakespeare

four wooden boat on teal sea

Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak aloud.

--William Shakespeare

white rose enclosed photograph

Weariness can snore upon the flint when resting sloth finds the down pillow hard.

--William Shakespeare

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

Let none presume To wear an undeserved dignity.

--William Shakespeare

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

Until I know this sure uncertainty, I'll entertain the offered fallacy.

--William Shakespeare

green leafed trees with fog

Tempt not a desperate man.

--William Shakespeare

river surrounded by trees

Et tu Brute!

--William Shakespeare

water drops on glass

Men's vows are women's traitors.

--William Shakespeare

fawn pug in close up photography

A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross.

--William Shakespeare

sunset forest

T'is true: there's magic in the web of it.

--William Shakespeare

red surface

Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.

--William Shakespeare

brown and gray stick

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.

--William Shakespeare

brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

Look, he's winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

--William Shakespeare

blue flower in close up photography

England is safe, if true within itself.

--William Shakespeare

blue sky with stars during night time

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!

--William Shakespeare

statue of liberty new york city

In delay there lies no plenty.

--William Shakespeare

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.

--William Shakespeare

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip; Nay, her foot speaks.

--William Shakespeare

pink tulip flower

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing black top

Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman.

--William Shakespeare

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

It is a good divine that follows his own instructions.

--William Shakespeare

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

My love admits no qualifying dross.

--William Shakespeare

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are our gardeners.

--William Shakespeare

rocks on sea side at daytime

The attempt and not the deed confounds us.

--William Shakespeare

brown and black tiger near body of water

Having nothing, nothing can he lose.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of grass under moonlight

When truth kills truth, O devilish holy fray!

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

The amity that wisdom knits not, folly may easily untie.

--William Shakespeare

clear liquid on leaf

I will speak daggers to her, but use none.

--William Shakespeare

low angle photography of green and brown tree

Come give us a taste of your quality.

--William Shakespeare

two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset

There was a star danced, and under that was I born.

--William Shakespeare

rainbow

Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

A plague on both your houses.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

To be or not to be that is the question.

--William Shakespeare

two person standing while watching sky

For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

--William Shakespeare

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

Bounty, being free itself, thinks all others so.

--William Shakespeare

white tulips in white background

Love yourself; and in that love not unconsidered leave your honor.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

I think the King is but a man as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me.

--William Shakespeare

brown and black leaf in close up photography

A merry heart goes all the way,
A sad one tires in an hour.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

Men judge by the complexion of the sky The state and inclination of the day.

--William Shakespeare

Arizona landscape

What is the city but the people?

--William Shakespeare

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Though age from folly could not give me freedom, It does from childishness.

--William Shakespeare

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

Waste not thy time in windy argument but let the matter drop.

--William Shakespeare

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog!

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

I would give all of my fame for a pot of ale and safety.

--William Shakespeare

trees at sunset

I can express no kinder sign of love, than this kind kiss.

--William Shakespeare

red and black logo

Can I go forward when my heart is here?

--William Shakespeare

woman and man holding hands

We will all laugh at gilded butterflies.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

Evermore thanks, the exchequer of the poor.

--William Shakespeare

fine trees waving

Oh! How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Each present joy or sorrow seems the chief.

--William Shakespeare

blue wall during daytime

Many can brook the weather that love not the wind.

--William Shakespeare

three women sitting on rock near body of water

For here, I hope, begins our lasting joy.

--William Shakespeare

top view photography of heart latte coffee

I love thee; none but thee, and thou deservest it.

--William Shakespeare

dome tent with galaxy with stars

I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.

--William Shakespeare

mountain hills under blue sky

Man delights not me.

--William Shakespeare

closeup photography of black and brown bird

Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep.

--William Shakespeare

Blue to purple gradient

Beauty itself doth of itself persuade the eyes of men without an orator.

--William Shakespeare

sunflowers

How well he's read, to reason against reading!

--William Shakespeare

photo og calm body of water

Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.

--William Shakespeare

person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

As chaste as unsunned snow.

--William Shakespeare

macro photography of green bird on tree branch

Fight till the last gasp.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

Sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste.

--William Shakespeare

fireplace on fire

'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.

--William Shakespeare

person cooking on seashore

A jest's prosperity lies in the ear.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.


green leafed plant

Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty.

--William Shakespeare

shooting star in night sky

Be as just and gracious unto me,
As I am confident and kind to thee.

--William Shakespeare

photography of lake near tree

So quick bright things come to confusion.​​​​​​.

--William Shakespeare

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

Lechery, lechery; still, wars and lechery: nothing else holds fashion.

--William Shakespeare

brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

Much rain wears the marble.

--William Shakespeare

boat docked near house

Opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects.

--William Shakespeare

mountain dew during sunrise

To show our simple skill, That is the true beginning of our end.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of hummingbird sucking nectar in flower

Good wine needs no bush.

--William Shakespeare

close up photography of moon

O, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer!

--William Shakespeare

four person standing beside wall

My father's wit, and my mother's tongue, assist me!

--William Shakespeare

brown and black leaf in close up photography

Hung be the heavens with black! Yield, day, to night!

--William Shakespeare

brown labrador puppy

What is past is prologue.

--William Shakespeare

gray elephant

'Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.

--William Shakespeare

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?

--William Shakespeare

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

I could be well content To entertain the lag-end of my life With quiet hours.

--William Shakespeare

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

My plenteous joys,
Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves
In drops of sorrow.

--William Shakespeare

three people standing inside Big Ben building

Women may fall when there's no strength in men.

--William Shakespeare

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

Go, prick thy face and over-red thy fear,
Thou lily-livered boy.

--William Shakespeare

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

The blood of youth burns not with such excess as gravity's revolt to wantonness.

--William Shakespeare

dirt road to sunset

Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.

--William Shakespeare

blue sky with stars during night time

When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.

--William Shakespeare

aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!

--William Shakespeare

green trees beside body of water during daytime

Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.

--William Shakespeare

five children sitting on bench front of trees

Tis the mind that makes the body rich.

--William Shakespeare

red and yellow abstract painting

Now he'll outstare the lightning. To be furious Is to be frightened out of fear.

--William Shakespeare

boat on sea far away from island

I am afeard few die well that die in a battle.

--William Shakespeare

man in white and black button up shirt holding lighted candle

Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.

--William Shakespeare

lights

What need the bridge much broader than the flood?

--William Shakespeare

photo of brown wood slab

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

--William Shakespeare

silhouette photography of mountains

Vile worm, thou wast o'erlook'd even in thy birth.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

But pearls are fair; and the old saying is:
Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes.


street lamp

Dream in light years, challenge miles, walk step by step.

--William Shakespeare

bonfire near mountain

The wounds invisible that Love's keen arrows make.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

If I be waspish, best beware my sting.

--William Shakespeare

closeup photo of violin on brown surface

Policy sits above conscience.

--William Shakespeare

rainbow

If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

To show an unfelt sorrow is an office Which the false man does easy.

--William Shakespeare

blue flower in close up photography

Nothing can seem foul to those who win.

--William Shakespeare

shooting star in night sky

We are not the first
Who with best meaning have incurred the worst.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

Enter Rumour, painted full of tongues.

--William Shakespeare

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

Perseverance, my dear Lord. Keeps honour bright.

--William Shakespeare

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more, is none.

--William Shakespeare

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

We see which way the stream of time doth run.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

And oftentimes excusing of a fault Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse, As patches set upon a little breach, Discredit more in hiding of the fault Than did the fault before it was so patch'd.


blue and black abstract painting

If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.

--William Shakespeare

shooting star in night sky

But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.

--William Shakespeare

person running

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

--William Shakespeare

man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography

The sauce to meat is ceremony; Meeting were bare without it.

--William Shakespeare

clear glass hour glass with black liquid

The weakest kind of fruit drops earliest to the ground.

--William Shakespeare

white flower

Love will not be spurred to what it loathes.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of stones on sand

Mere prattle without practice.

--William Shakespeare

empty pathway

A heavy heart bears not a nimble tongue.

--William Shakespeare

red tulip in bloom during daytime

I desire you in friendship, and I will one way or other make you amends.

--William Shakespeare

woman wearing white dress

Melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

But miserable most, to love unloved? This you should pity rather than despise.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white bird on tree branch

Present mirth hath present laughter. What's to come is still unsure.

--William Shakespeare

empty pathway

Nice customs curtsy to great kings.

--William Shakespeare

red rope on three branch

The eagle suffers little birds to sing.

--William Shakespeare

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

God grant us patience!

--William Shakespeare

brown and white dog in close-up photography

Take all the swift advantage of the hours.

--William Shakespeare

forest near mountain alps

And what's he then that says I play the villain?

--William Shakespeare

green trees under white sky during daytime

Many strokes, though with a little axe, hew down and fell the hardest-timber'd oak.

--William Shakespeare

man in black shirt on pink background

Unnatural deeds do breed unnatural troubles.

--William Shakespeare

person doing yoga exercises

He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

--William Shakespeare

orange tabby cat on black textile

There's small choice in rotten apples.

--William Shakespeare

grassland landscape

The prince of darkness is a gentleman!

--William Shakespeare

green textile

But thought's the slave of life, and life time's fool.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

But thought’s the slave of life, and life time’s fool; And time, that takes survey of all the world, Must have a stop. O, I could prophesy, But that the earthy and cold hand of death Lies on my tongue.


brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

O mischief, thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men!

--William Shakespeare

four person standing beside wall

Every toy is the prologue to some great amiss.

--William Shakespeare

aerial view of gray building on brown sand

Never anything can be amiss, when simpleness and duty tender it.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.

--William Shakespeare

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

She sat like patience on a monument smiling at grief.

--William Shakespeare

close up photography of moon

Blind is his love, and best befits the dark.

--William Shakespeare

grassland landscape

No visor does become black villainy so well as soft and tender flattery.

--William Shakespeare

sunflower

The gallantry of his grief did put me into a towering passion.

--William Shakespeare

green-leafed trees during daytime

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

--William Shakespeare

five children sitting on bench front of trees

Done to death by slanderous tongue.

--William Shakespeare

pink flower

Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.

--William Shakespeare

black bird on brown tree branch during daytime

To sleep perchance to dream.

--William Shakespeare

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.

--William Shakespeare

macro shot photography of two votive candles

A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee.

--William Shakespeare

desert grassland

There was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.

--William Shakespeare

photo of gray elephant on grass

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

--William Shakespeare

shade under a green-leafed tree

My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw.

--William Shakespeare

person holding green plant during daytime

The small amount of foolery wise men have makes a great show.

--William Shakespeare

turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

Blessed are the peacemakers on earth.

--William Shakespeare

closeup photo of orange petaled flowers

Conscience is a thousand swords.

--William Shakespeare

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.

--William Shakespeare

brown leaf tree facing the lake

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

--William Shakespeare

water droplets on green leaf

A plague of sighing and grief! It blows a man up like a bladder.

--William Shakespeare

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

Your date is better in your pie and your porridge than in your cheek.

--William Shakespeare

girl leaning on wall during daytime

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of sunflower

Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of green tree

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed.

--William Shakespeare

girl leaning on wall during daytime

By this reckoning he is more a shrew than she.

--William Shakespeare

gray road beside a trees

Pour on, I will endure.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of sunflower

Short time seems long in sorrow's sharp sustaining.

--William Shakespeare

brown mountains under blue sky

Tis but a base, ignoble mind That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.

--William Shakespeare

green-leafed trees during daytime

I say there is no darkness but ignorance.

--William Shakespeare

empty pathway

Season your admiration for a while.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of sunflower

Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy.

--William Shakespeare

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

There is plenty of time to sleep in the grave.

--William Shakespeare

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

Love is blind, it stops lovers seeing the silly things they do.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Use almost can change the stamp of nature.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

The earth, that is nature's mother, is her tomb.

--William Shakespeare

aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.

--William Shakespeare

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

To take arms against a sea of troubles.

--William Shakespeare

aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

Beauty within itself should not be wasted.

--William Shakespeare

rainbow

I have unclasp'd to thee the book even of my secret soul.

--William Shakespeare

Arizona landscape

The apparel oft proclaims the man.

--William Shakespeare

red and white heart balloons

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

--William Shakespeare

brown humming bird flying in mid air

It is an heretic that makes the fire,
Not she which burns in't.

--William Shakespeare

person walking on street while holding black umbrella near cars on road at nighttime

Old Time the clock-setter.

--William Shakespeare

statue of liberty new york city

Who is it can read a woman?

--William Shakespeare

sunset grasslands

Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

--William Shakespeare

person with black tattoo on left hand

Men in rage strike those that wish them best.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white bird on tree branch

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette photography of mountains

Who dares not stir by day must walk by night.

--William Shakespeare

person holding gray leaf

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing.

--William Shakespeare

man in black shirt on pink background

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

--William Shakespeare

grassland landscape

Why should their liberty than ours be more?

--William Shakespeare

shade under a green-leafed tree

A young man married is a man that's marred.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

We all are men, in our own natures frail, and capable of our flesh; few are angels.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of mountain

For a noble heart, the most precious gift becomes poor, when the giver stops loving.

--William Shakespeare

purple petaled flower with vase selective focus photography

Good wombs have borne bad sons.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

Enough no more; Tis not so sweet now as it was before.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of mountain

Be wary then; best safety lies in fear.

--William Shakespeare

blooming yellow sunflower field

No stony bulwark can resist the love, and love dares what anyone can love.

--William Shakespeare

brown and black tiger near body of water

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough; But riches fineless is as poor as winter To him that ever fears he shall be poor;– Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend From jealousy!


white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

Things may serve long, but not serve ever.

--William Shakespeare

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

If is a custom,
More honor'd in the breach than the observance.

--William Shakespeare

white rose enclosed photograph

O, what men dare do! what men may do! what men daily do, not knowing what they do.

--William Shakespeare

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.

--William Shakespeare

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Thou frothy tickle-brained hedge-pig!

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of green tree

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

Our praises are our wages.

--William Shakespeare

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.

--William Shakespeare

green trees beside lake during daytime

What a fool honesty is.

--William Shakespeare

cloudy sky

Happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending.

--William Shakespeare

mountains under white clouds at daytime

How use doth breed a habit in a man.

--William Shakespeare

blue and black abstract painting

He is as full of valor as of kindness. Princely in both.

--William Shakespeare

brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

An overflow of good converts to bad.

--William Shakespeare

fan of 1 US dollar banknotes and coins on beige surface

Temptation: the fiend at my elbow.

--William Shakespeare

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

The moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun.

--William Shakespeare

mountains with trees under white star at night

Lovers can do their amorous rites by their own beauties.

--William Shakespeare

man facing women near forest

Some innocents 'scape not the thunderbolt.

--William Shakespeare

four handheld gardening tools on rack

I do love nothing in the world so well as you- is not that strange?

--William Shakespeare

fireplace on fire

For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of stones on sand

As merry as the day is long.

--William Shakespeare

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

Affliction is enamoured of thy parts,
And thou art wedded to calamity.

--William Shakespeare

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

--William Shakespeare

girl leaning on wall during daytime

And oft, my jealousy shapes faults that are not.

--William Shakespeare

three people paddling in canoe

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

--William Shakespeare

red and black logo

Hasty marriage seldom proveth well.

--William Shakespeare

white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

--William Shakespeare

brown leaf on asphalt road

Faint heart never won fair maid.

--William Shakespeare

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.

--William Shakespeare

green leafed plant

And nothing is, but what is not.

--William Shakespeare

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

As good luck would have it.

--William Shakespeare

brown trees on brown field during daytime

Th abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.

--William Shakespeare

boat docked near house

When the age is in, the wit is out.

--William Shakespeare

Blue to purple gradient

Whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!

--William Shakespeare

houses and trees during nighttime

Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.

--William Shakespeare

man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man.

--William Shakespeare

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent.

--William Shakespeare

grass field under cloudy sky

Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of stack of books

She speaks poniards, and every word stabs.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

She speaks poniards, and every word stabs: if her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect to the north star. I would not marry her, though she were endowed with all that Adam bad left him before he transgresse.


landscape photography of trees

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile.

--William Shakespeare

sunset with agave stem

Ships are but boards, sailors but men.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks.


rock mountain during starry night

Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.

--William Shakespeare

brown humming bird flying in mid air

Faster than spring-time showers comes thought on thought.

--William Shakespeare

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

He hath eaten me out of house and home.

--William Shakespeare

aerial photography of pine trees

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.


green lizard

O, spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou!

--William Shakespeare

person with black tattoo on left hand

Love denied blights the soul we owe to God.

--William Shakespeare

four coffee cups on floor

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

--William Shakespeare

boy and cat in front of moon

Love is begun by time and time qualifies the spark and fire of it.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

When once our grace we have forgot, Nothing goes right.

--William Shakespeare

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

When I saw you,
I fell in love, and
you smiled because you knew.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

On Rumor's tongue continual slanders ride.

--William Shakespeare

pink tulips in clear glass vase

Un-thread the rude eye of rebellion, and welcome home again discarded faith.

--William Shakespeare

green mountain ]

Come, woo me, woo me, for now I am in a holiday humor, and like enough to consent.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white short coated dog lying on white surface

I am wealthy in my friends.

--William Shakespeare

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

--William Shakespeare

cloudy sky

Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself,
And so shall starve with feeding.

--William Shakespeare

red illustration

He is well paid that is well satisfied.

--William Shakespeare

photo of underwater

Is it possible that love should of a sudden take such a hold?

--William Shakespeare

water color palette on white surface

Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.

--William Shakespeare

man skiing on land

Now I am past all comforts here, but prayer.

--William Shakespeare

grassland landscape

Presume not that I am the thing I was.

--William Shakespeare

blue sky

My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white.

--William Shakespeare

woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

Better a little chiding than a great deal of heartbreak.

--William Shakespeare

blue wallpaper

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.

--William Shakespeare

boat docked near house

Make use of time, let not advantage slip.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.

--William Shakespeare

two person standing while watching sky

In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white short coated dog lying on white surface

Jesters do oft prove prophets.

--William Shakespeare

red and white heart balloons

Put on
The dauntless spirit of resolution.

--William Shakespeare

brown sand beach during daytime

One pain is lessened by another's anguish.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

One pain is lessened by another’s anguish. ... Take thou some new infection to thy eye, And the rank poison of the old will die.


full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers

For sorrow ends not, when it seemeth done.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Grace and remembrance be to you both.

--William Shakespeare

clear drinking glass with beer on black table

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

--William Shakespeare

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

There are occasions and causes, why and wherefore in all things.

--William Shakespeare

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

Allow not nature more than nature needs.

--William Shakespeare

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.

--William Shakespeare

Arizona landscape donkey

I have no words.
My voice is in my sword.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

It is the bright day that brings forth the adder, and that craves wary walking.

--William Shakespeare

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

He that hath the steerage of my course, Direct my sail.

--William Shakespeare

blooming yellow sunflower field

My business was great, and in such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy.

--William Shakespeare

person doing yoga exercises

Be not lost So poorly in your thoughts.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

Women's weapons, water-drops.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

Once more into the breach.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger.


woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

They say miracles are past.

--William Shakespeare

white snow mountain

You cram these words into mine ears against The stomach of my sense.

--William Shakespeare

turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

The poorest service is repaid with thanks.

--William Shakespeare

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Thou sodden-witted lord! thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of stones on sand

Lions make leopards tame.

--William Shakespeare

closeup photo of green leafed plant

Good things should be praised.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of mountain

What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.

--William Shakespeare

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Art made tongue-tied by authority.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

Death is a fearful thing.

--William Shakespeare

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin, That all with one consent praise new-born gauds, Though they are made and moulded of things past, And give to dust that is a little gilt More laud than gilt o'er-dusted. The present eye praises the present object.


bare tree on mountain during sunset

Time ... thou ceaseless lackey to eternity.

--William Shakespeare

person holding brown leaf

No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white dog in close-up photography

The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

When rich villains have need of poor ones, poor ones may make what price they will.

--William Shakespeare

brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

It is the green eyed monster which doth mock.

--William Shakespeare

white flower in grayscale photography

Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of mountain under starry night

Prosperity's the very bond of love.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Prosperity's the very bond of love, Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together Affliction alters.


man in white and black button up shirt holding lighted candle

May love sur­round you like sun­shine on a sunny day.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Not only is it Sum­mer Sol­stice, there is a Full Moon. May love sur­round you like sun­shine on a sunny day.


selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

What's gone, and what's past help, Should be past grief.

--William Shakespeare

fire near trees

Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so.

--William Shakespeare

two person standing while watching sky

I fill up a place, which may be better... when I have made it empty.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing Apple watch

I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say -- I love you.

--William Shakespeare

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

Things base and vile, holding no quantity, love can transpose to form and dignity.

--William Shakespeare

feet in sand

The play's the thing.

--William Shakespeare

person holding white mini bell alarmclock

For she had eyes and chose me.

--William Shakespeare

pink and green flower painting

Give thanks for what you are today and go on fighting for what you gone be tomorrow.

--William Shakespeare

calm body of water and mountain

Sleep knits up the raveled sleeve of care.

--William Shakespeare

desert grassland

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

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photo of green snake plant

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

--William Shakespeare

fan of 1 US dollar banknotes and coins on beige surface

Hereditary sloth instructs me.

--William Shakespeare

woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

Trust not your daughter's minds By what you see them act.

--William Shakespeare

person running

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.

--William Shakespeare

yellow Labrador puppy running on field

Words spoken can not be recalled so think twice before you speak.

--William Shakespeare

Hey! I miss you

Extreme fear can neither fight nor fly.

--William Shakespeare

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Let the sap of reason quench the fire of passion.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

I am falser than vows made in wine.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.

--William Shakespeare


dirt road to sunset

Heaven give you many, many merry days.

--William Shakespeare

three clear drinking glasses with brown liquid

Love looks not with eyes, but with the mind.

--William Shakespeare

white snow mountain

There is no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger.

--William Shakespeare

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

Where hateful Death put on his ugliest mask.

--William Shakespeare

city lights from hill

Sin, that amends, is but patched with virtue.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of books

Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.

--William Shakespeare

man riding on boat on body of water

Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.

--William Shakespeare

full moon in the sky

Though I am not naturally honest, I am sometimes so by chance.

--William Shakespeare

person holding dried beans

How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!

--William Shakespeare

person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock

Speak less than you know; have more than you show.

--William Shakespeare

shade under a green-leafed tree

Conscience doth make cowards of us all.

--William Shakespeare

three people standing inside Big Ben building

Well, everyone can master grief but he that has it.

--William Shakespeare

Oak Creek Sedona

Headstrong liberty is lashed with woe.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

Let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them.

--William Shakespeare

white tulip flower in close up photography

I must be cruel only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.

--William Shakespeare

close up photo of tree

We may outrun By violent swiftness And lose by over-running.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

Tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil.

--William Shakespeare

Arizona landscape

If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me.

--William Shakespeare

Arizona landscape

Remembrance of things past.

--William Shakespeare

white beans on white background

Wine loved I deeply, dice dearly.

--William Shakespeare

multicolored abstract painting

For to be wise and love exceeds man's might.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

These flowers are like the pleasures of the world.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.

--William Shakespeare

yellow flower

When I waked, I cried to dream again.

--William Shakespeare

brown mountains under blue sky

Promising is the very air o' the time; it opens the eyes of expectation.

--William Shakespeare

Oak Creek Sedona

Love is a wonderful, terrible thing.

--William Shakespeare

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

We will draw the curtain and show you the picture.

--William Shakespeare

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul
Lends the tongue vows.

--William Shakespeare

toddler hugging siberian husky

They have a plentiful lack of wit.

--William Shakespeare

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

You have dancing shoes with nimble soles. I have a soul of lead.

--William Shakespeare

five silhouette of birds flying on sky

Sweets to the sweet.

--William Shakespeare

clear blue sea under blue sky

Were kisses all the joys in bed,
One woman would another wed.

--William Shakespeare

black dog photography

There's many a man has more hair than wit.

--William Shakespeare

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

It's easy for someone to joke about scars if they've never been cut.

--William Shakespeare

flying blue and green hummingbird

Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.

--William Shakespeare

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

You are not worth the dust which the rude wind Blows in your face.

--William Shakespeare

beige concrete wall

I hold him but a fool that will endanger His body for a girl that loves him not.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

Every cloud engenders not a storm.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

In thy foul throat thou liest.

--William Shakespeare

person holding green plant during daytime

There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself.

--William Shakespeare

woman standing on cliff

That's a valiant flea that dares eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.

--William Shakespeare

yellow flower in green grass field

No reckoning made, but sent to my account with all my imperfections on my head.

--William Shakespeare

closeup photo of orange petaled flowers

Kindness nobler ever than revenge.

--William Shakespeare

blue mountains at daytime

What a terrible era in which idiots govern the blind.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of mountain

There is no slander in an allowed fool, though he do nothing but rail.

--William Shakespeare

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.

--William Shakespeare

photography of lake near tree

Great floods have flown From simple sources.

--William Shakespeare

brown and red paint brushes

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

--William Shakespeare

blue wooden door opened

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!

--William Shakespeare

photography of lake near tree

It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of red flower

Methought I was enamour'd of an ass.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of grass under moonlight

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.

--William Shakespeare

forest and body of water

As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods.
They kill us for their sport.

--William Shakespeare

milky way above body of water

How much an ill word may empoison liking!

--William Shakespeare

closeup photography of black and brown bird

Celebrity is never more admired than by the negligent.

--William Shakespeare

brown and black tiger near body of water

But men are men; the best sometimes forget.

--William Shakespeare

brown butterfly perched on flower

Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou what course thou wilt.

--William Shakespeare

macro photography of green bird on tree branch

In jest, there is truth.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

Ay me! sad hours seem long.

--William Shakespeare

gray road beside a trees

Death pays all debts.

--William Shakespeare

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.

--William Shakespeare

three people paddling in canoe

Men from children nothing differ.

--William Shakespeare

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

Tis no mean happiness to be seated in the mean.

--William Shakespeare

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

I will chide no breather in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults.

--William Shakespeare

blue and white striped textile

But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute.

--William Shakespeare

aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

Men shut their doors against a setting sun.

--William Shakespeare

white wooden table near brown chair

We know what we are, but know not
what we may be.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

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

--William Shakespeare

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Literature is a comprehensive essence of the intellectual life of a nation.

--William Shakespeare

feet in sand

Appetite, a universal wolf.

--William Shakespeare

turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

Speak on, but be not over-tedious.

--William Shakespeare

brown and black leaf in close up photography

There's no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune.

--William Shakespeare

four men sitting beside table

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

--William Shakespeare

low angle photography of gray concrete building

Tell me where is fancy bred, Or in the heart, or in the head?

--William Shakespeare

American Eagles during daytime

You are a tedious fool.

--William Shakespeare

person holding hands

What, can the devil speak true?

--William Shakespeare

person holding sunflower

Oh, I am fortune's fool!

--William Shakespeare

snow covered brown mountain

Twas never merry world Since lowly feigning was called compliment.

--William Shakespeare

white flower in grayscale photography

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, Shall win my love.

--William Shakespeare

brown pathway between green plants

Wisdom cries out in the streets, and no man regards it.

--William Shakespeare

car passing by in between trees

Short summers lightly have a forward spring.

--William Shakespeare

couple kissing under gray clouds

No evil lost is wailed when it is gone.

--William Shakespeare

gray road beside a trees

A light heart lives long.

--William Shakespeare

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

I am a feather for each wind that blows.

--William Shakespeare

bare tree on mountain during sunset

Blessings of your heart, you brew good ale.

--William Shakespeare

couple sitting on the field facing the city

In struggling with misfortunes lies the true proof of virtue.

--William Shakespeare

black bird on brown tree branch during daytime

Thou lump of foul deformity!

--William Shakespeare

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

Love is like a child, That longs for everything it can come by.

--William Shakespeare

rocks on sea side at daytime

We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.

--William Shakespeare

fawn pug standing on textile

Absence from those we love is self from self -- a deadly banishment.

--William Shakespeare

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

Thou hast the most unsavoury similes.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of trees

The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.

--William Shakespeare

full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers

And simple truth miscalled simplicity.

--William Shakespeare

silver bell alarm clock

We do not keep the outward form of order, where there is deep disorder in the mind.

--William Shakespeare

person doing yoga exercises

Such as we are made of, such we be.

--William Shakespeare

black portable vinyl records

Under love's heavy burden do I sink.

--William Shakespeare

aerial view of gray building on brown sand

The sweetest honey
Is loathsome in his own deliciousness.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

The sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness, And in the taste confounds the appetite: Therefore love moderately— long love doth so.


man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

Where the greater malady is fixed,
The lesser is scarce felt.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of grass under moonlight

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. And let my liver rather heat with wine, than my heart cool with mortifying groans.


American Eagles during daytime

Frailty, thy name is woman!

--William Shakespeare

blue flower in close up photography

Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.

--William Shakespeare

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

A lion among ladies is a most dreadful thing.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Diseased Nature oftentimes breaks forth In strange eruptions.

--William Shakespeare

low-angle photography of green leaf tree

Get thee to a nunnery.

--William Shakespeare

person holding yellow petaled flower

O sleep! O gentle sleep! Nature's soft nurse.

--William Shakespeare

a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible

Though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft let by the nose with gold.

--William Shakespeare

person holding dried beans

Get thee a good husband, and use him as he uses thee.

--William Shakespeare

pink flower

Some grief shows much of love, But much of grief shows still some want of wit.

--William Shakespeare

milky way above body of water

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.

--William Shakespeare

cloudy sky

I see a woman may be made a fool, If she had not a spirit to resist.

--William Shakespeare

person holding green plant during daytime

Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.

--William Shakespeare

gray concrete road between trees

When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of mountain during sunset

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Suit the action to the word : the word to the action : with this special observance that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature.


rocks near shore during nighttime

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

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: Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, And too often is his gold complexion dimm'd: And every fair from fair sometimes declines, By chance or natures changing course untrimm'd; By thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.


man holding brown violin

Come, and take choice of all my library, And so beguile thy sorrow.

--William Shakespeare

person holding hands

Strong reasons make strong actions.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Strong reasons make strong actions let us go If you say ay, the king will not say no.


person holding brown leaf

Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man's son doth know.

--William Shakespeare

grassland landscape

In scorn of nature, art gave lifeless life.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

The tempter or the tempted, who sins most? Ha! Not she: nor doth she tempt: but it is I That, lying by the violet in the sun, Do as the carrion does, not as the flower, Corrupt with virtuous season.


pink tulips in clear glass vase

I am not of that feather, to shake off my friend when he must need me.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

So musical a discord, such sweet thunder.

--William Shakespeare

brown leaf tree facing the lake

Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway, meeting the check of such another day.

--William Shakespeare

pet dog sitting down on snow

He will fence with his own shadow.

--William Shakespeare

pet dog sitting down on snow

Glory grows guilty of detested crimes.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

None can cure their harms by wailing them.

--William Shakespeare

Arizona landscape snow

Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news.

--William Shakespeare

white flower in grayscale photography

Heaven is above all yet; there sits a judge, That no king can corrupt.

--William Shakespeare

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus.

--William Shakespeare

pink and green flower painting

Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice Hath often stilled my brawling discontent.

--William Shakespeare

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

Could beauty, my lord, have better commerce than with honesty?

--William Shakespeare

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.

--William Shakespeare

grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

Many a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing.

--William Shakespeare

green lizard

Plain and not honest is too harsh a style.

--William Shakespeare

purple petaled flower with vase selective focus photography

My heart is ever at your service.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

Can one desire too much of a good thing?

--William Shakespeare

orange moon during nighttime

How many things by season seasoned are To their right praise and true perfection!

--William Shakespeare

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

A knavish speech sleeps in a fool's ear.

--William Shakespeare

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne'er be younger.

--William Shakespeare

green

Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

--William Shakespeare

person walking on snowfield

And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear, millions of mischiefs.

--William Shakespeare

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.

--William Shakespeare

man in black pants sitting on chair

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.

--William Shakespeare

orange flowers

Time and the hour run through the roughest day.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

For honesty coupled to beauty, is to have honey a sauce to sugar.

--William Shakespeare

green leaf in close up photography

We were not born to sue, but to command.

--William Shakespeare

sliced lemon on pink surface

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.

--William Shakespeare

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

Rumor is a pipe Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures.

--William Shakespeare

pet dog sitting down on snow

All that glitters is not gold.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

All that glitters is not gold; Often have you heard that told: Many a man his life has sold But my outside to behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold Had you been as wise as bold, Your in limbs, in judgment old, Your answer had not been in'scroll'd Fare you well: your suit is cold.' Cold, indeed, and labour lost: Then, farewell, heat and welcome, frost!


person wearing black top

I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways.

--William Shakespeare

photo of clear sky full of stars

Be still prepared for death: and death or life shall thereby be the sweeter.

--William Shakespeare

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Flower of this purple dye, Hit with Cupid's archery, Sink in apple of his eye.

--William Shakespeare

brown butterfly perched on flower

Come what come may,
Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.

--William Shakespeare

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

I have seen roses damask'd, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly followed.

--William Shakespeare

blue and black abstract painting

No man means evil but the devil, and we shall know him by his horns.

--William Shakespeare

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it.

--William Shakespeare

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

And worse I may be yet: the worst is not
So long as we can say 'This is the worst.

--William Shakespeare

iceberg near mountain during day

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

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.

--William Shakespeare

man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

Desperate times breed desperate measures.

--William Shakespeare

orange tabby cat on black textile

It is lost at dice, what ancient honor won.

--William Shakespeare

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so; Pardon is still the nurse of second woe.

--William Shakespeare

aerial photography of rock formation

Action is eloquence.

--William Shakespeare

man skiing on land

But soft, what light yonder window breaks.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

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. Be not her maid, since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. It is my lady, O, it is my love! Oh, that she knew she were!


brown and white bird on tree branch

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, Which we ascribe to Heaven.

--William Shakespeare

woman holding brown umbrella

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

--William Shakespeare

flying blue and green hummingbird

Women being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the walls.

--William Shakespeare

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Fools are as like husbands as pilchards are to herrings, the husband's the bigger.

--William Shakespeare

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.

--William Shakespeare

man running on seashore

But doth must suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

--William Shakespeare

fawn pug on bed

The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.

--William Shakespeare

person doing yoga exercises

By Heaven, I love thee better than myself.

--William Shakespeare

white snow mountain

For some must watch, while some must sleep
So runs the world away.

--William Shakespeare

green leafed trees with fog

It is a sin to be a mocker.

--William Shakespeare

photo of clear sky full of stars

Be cheerful; wipe thine eyes: Some falls are means the happier to arise.

--William Shakespeare

white and purple flower in macro shot

Good madonna, give me leave to
prove you a fool.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

The cat will mew, and dog will have his day.

--William Shakespeare

grassland

The game's afoot!

--William Shakespeare

man in black pants sitting on chair

There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.

--William Shakespeare

light match stick

How my achievements mock me!

--William Shakespeare

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white wooden star print board

Lest too light winning make the prize light.

--William Shakespeare

sunset hgihway

'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing Apple watch

Let's teach ourselves that honorable stop, Not to outsport discretion.

--William Shakespeare

three women sitting on rock near body of water

Security is the chief enemy of mortals.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of horizon

How much better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping?

--William Shakespeare

sunset

I go, I go, look how I go, swifter than an arrow from a bow.

--William Shakespeare

photo of brown wood slab

I prithee give me leave to curse awhile.

--William Shakespeare

brown mountains under blue sky

Mad I call it, for to define true madness, what is't to be nothing else but mad?

--William Shakespeare

top view photography of heart latte coffee

Where souls do couch on flowers we'll hand in hand.

--William Shakespeare

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.

--William Shakespeare

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Of all the flowers, me thinks a rose is best.

--William Shakespeare

low angle view of blue clouds

Receive what cheer you may;
The night is long that never finds the day.

--William Shakespeare

white and black boat on sea during daytime

There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.

--William Shakespeare

clear liquid on leaf

Though Death be poor, it ends a mortal woe.

--William Shakespeare

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Profit is a blessing, if it's not stolen.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing brown and white watch

Soft pity enters an iron gate.

--William Shakespeare

selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

Equality of two domestic powers Breeds scrupulous faction.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of red flower

Juliet is the east and I am the sun.

--William Shakespeare

empty road towards mountains

I profess not talking: only this, Let each man do his best.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.

--William Shakespeare

shallow focus photography of hummingbird sucking nectar in flower

Fill all thy bones with aches.

--William Shakespeare

brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

Good counsellors lack no clients.

--William Shakespeare

American Eagles during daytime

What's done, is done.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of horizon

There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.

--William Shakespeare

four orange, green, blue, and red paint rollers

Much ado about nothing.

--William Shakespeare

purple petaled flower with vase selective focus photography

Brevity is the soul of wit.

--William Shakespeare

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

Plenty and peace breed cowards; hardness ever of hardiness is mother.

--William Shakespeare

gray concrete road between trees

To know a man well were to know himself.

--William Shakespeare

photo of pine tree

Expectation is the root of all heartache.

--William Shakespeare

couple kissing under gray clouds

O fortune, fortune! all men call thee fickle.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.

--William Shakespeare

two person standing while watching sky

My chastity's the jewel of our house, bequeathed down from many ancestors.

--William Shakespeare

full moon in the sky

I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.

--William Shakespeare

low angle photography of green and brown tree

Then hate me when thou wilt, if ever, now.

--William Shakespeare

person wearing black top

For new-made honor doth forget men's names.

--William Shakespeare

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

The Devil hath power
To assume a pleasing shape.

--William Shakespeare

person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

My love is deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, both are infinite.

--William Shakespeare

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.

--William Shakespeare

trees at sunset

It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.

--William Shakespeare

raindrops on clear window

Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.

--William Shakespeare

Arizona landscape snow

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.

--William Shakespeare

brown humming bird flying in mid air

If we are true to ourselves, we cannot be false to anyone.

--William Shakespeare

red tulip in bloom during daytime

Life is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

--William Shakespeare

sunset dirt road

This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven.

--William Shakespeare

person holding brown sand close-up photography

We bring forth weeds when our quick minds lie still.

--William Shakespeare

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

Our reasons are not prophets
When oft our fancies are.

--William Shakespeare

five children sitting on bench front of trees

We are advertis'd by our loving friends.

--William Shakespeare

feet in sand

Grief makes one hour ten.

--William Shakespeare

mountains with trees under white star at night

Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

--William Shakespeare

brown grass field during daytime

They whose guilt within their bosom lies, imagine every eye beholds their blame.

--William Shakespeare

aerial photo of foggy mountains

One whom the music of his own vain tongue doth ravish like enchanting harmony.

--William Shakespeare

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

This world to me is like a lasting storm,Whirring me from my friends.

--William Shakespeare

aerial photo of foggy mountains

Mine honor is my life; both grow in one; take honor from me and my life is done.

--William Shakespeare

red yellow and blue paint

Nothing routs us but the villainy of our fears.

--William Shakespeare

brown and white dog in close-up photography

We must be brief when traitors brave the field.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

When Fortune means to men most good, She looks upon them with a threatening eye.

--William Shakespeare

gray elephant

I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.

--William Shakespeare

red and white heart balloons

Muster your wits; stand in your own defence.

--William Shakespeare

sunflowers

Covering discretion with a coat of folly.

--William Shakespeare

person holding brown leaf

There is nothing so confining as the prisons of our own perceptions.

--William Shakespeare

bonfire near mountain

We are ready to try our fortunes to the last man.

--William Shakespeare

green textile

He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer.

--William Shakespeare

two women lying on hammock

Mend your speech a little, Lest you may mar your fortunes.

--William Shakespeare

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

Honour travels in a strait so narrow Where one but goes abreast.

--William Shakespeare

shooting star in night sky

An honest man, sir, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not.

--William Shakespeare

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.

--William Shakespeare

lights pattern swirls

Look how the world's poor people are amazed at apparitions, signs and prodigies!

--William Shakespeare

photo of brown wood slab

There is a history in all men's lives.

--William Shakespeare

two persons holding each other hands

Sigh no more ladies, sigh no more, men were deceivers ever.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever, One foot in sea and one on shore, To one thing constant never.


green leafed plant

Nothing comes from doing nothing.

--William Shakespeare

green lizard

The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of trees

Nothing 'gainst Times scythe can make defence.

--William Shakespeare

dome tent with galaxy with stars

They that stand high have many blasts to shake them.

--William Shakespeare

shooting star in night sky

My heart is wondrous light,
Since this same wayward girl is so reclaim'd.

--William Shakespeare

gray road beside a trees

Beauty lives with kindness.

--William Shakespeare

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

I will praise any man that will praise me.

--William Shakespeare

clear glass hour glass with black liquid

Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.

--William Shakespeare

two person standing while watching sky

By being seldom seen, I could not stir
But like a comet I was wondered at.

--William Shakespeare

clear liquid on leaf

Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe.

--William Shakespeare

sunset

Truth is truth to the end of reckoning.

--William Shakespeare

white flower

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

--William Shakespeare

green plant in tilt shift lens

Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

Your face, my thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters. To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under't.


silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of trees

More of your conversation would infect my brain.

--William Shakespeare

a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible

You know That I do fawn on men, and hug them hard, And after scandal them.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of grass under moonlight

Self-love is not so vile a sin as self-neglect.

--William Shakespeare

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

The wound of peace is surety, Surety secure.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

The wound of peace is surety, Surety secure; but modest doubt is called The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches To th' bottom of the worst.


purple flower field during daytime

What though the rose have prickles, yet 'tis pluck'd.

--William Shakespeare

grassland

I am not what I am..

--William Shakespeare

man in black pants sitting on chair

Society is no comfort, to one not sociable.

--William Shakespeare

woman and man holding hands

The truest poetry is the most feigning.

--William Shakespeare

sunset woman at beach

Guiltiness will speak, though tongues were out of use.

--William Shakespeare

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Beware the ides of March.

--William Shakespeare

green and red flowers

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.

--William Shakespeare

Longer Version:

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our own virtues.


full moon in the sky

Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.

--William Shakespeare

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

Every good servant does not all commands.

--William Shakespeare

cactus flowers

Commit the oldest sins the newest kind of ways.

--William Shakespeare

blue ocean

There's hope a great man's memory may outlive his life half a year.

--William Shakespeare

blue and white striped textile

He that wants money, means, and content is without three good friends.

--William Shakespeare

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily.

--William Shakespeare

blue sky with stars during night time

To offend and judge are distinct offices, And of opposed natures.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of mountain under starry night

He receives comfort like cold porridge.

--William Shakespeare

pink tulips in clear glass vase

Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile; Filths savour but themselves.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

The evil that men do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones.

--William Shakespeare

feet in stream

I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of mountain under starry night

Let every man be master of his time.

--William Shakespeare

landscape photography of green tree

Preferred three hours quicker over one moment late.

--William Shakespeare

snow mountains under nightsky

Every fair from fair sometime declines.

--William Shakespeare

selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we'll not fail.

--William Shakespeare

brown chopped logs

You cannot call it love, for at your age the heyday in the blood is tame.

--William Shakespeare

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

I am declined
Into the vale of years.

--William Shakespeare

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

The morning steals upon the night, melting the darkness.

--William Shakespeare

pink flower with green stem

When we our betters see bearing our woes,
We scarcely think our miseries our foes.

--William Shakespeare

boat docked near house

Unquiet meals make ill digestions.

--William Shakespeare

boat on sea far away from island

Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.

--William Shakespeare

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

I speak of peace, while covert enmity under the smile of safety wounds the world.

--William Shakespeare

sunset grasslands

Things at the worst will cease, or else climb upward
To what they were before.

--William Shakespeare

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

--William Shakespeare

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