Greatest English dramatist & poet ...

(1564 - 1616)


"Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. "

"Be great in act, as you have been in thought."

"Assume a virtue, if you have it not."

"Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none."

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.  They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts..."

"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."

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

"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie."

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

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be." (Hamlet)

"No legacy is so rich as honesty." (All's Well that Ends Well" - Act III scene v)

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." (As You Like It - Act v scene i)

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. "(Twelfth Night)

"If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" (The Merchant of Venice)

"To be, or not to be: that is the question". (Hamlet - Act III, Scene I).

"Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice."  (Polonius in Hamlet)