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William Shakespeare

The Top 10 William Shakespeare Quotations

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William Shakespeare (1564–1616) 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 referred to as England's national poet and the 'Bard of Avon.' His extant works, including plays, sonnets, and poems, consist of 39 plays, 154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare's work touches on various themes including love, power, jealousy, betrayal, and the supernatural.

top 10 quotations by William Shakespeare

"To be, or not to be: that is the question." William Shakespeare

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." William Shakespeare

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." William Shakespeare

"The course of true love never did run smooth." William Shakespeare

"Out, out brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow." William Shakespeare

"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late." William Shakespeare

"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow." William Shakespeare

"The better part of Valour, is Discretion." William Shakespeare

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be." William Shakespeare

"Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have immortal longings in me." William Shakespeare

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