Inspirational Quotations by William Shakespeare (#345)

William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright Today, we present inspirational quotations from the works of English poet and playwright, William Shakespeare (1564 — 1616.)

“The Bard of Avon” is widely regarded as the best English language writer ever. Shakespeare is believed to have been born on 23 April 1564 and passed away on his 52nd birthday, on 23 April 1616. Shakespeare produced most of his famous works, viz., Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and others, between the ages of 25 and 49. His authorship consists of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems.

Not many particulars of Shakespeare’s private life are documented. There is much speculation of various aspects of Shakespeare’s life, including the authorship and chronology of his works, his physical appearance, and religious affiliation. Countless literary scholars and historians have dedicated their careers to throw light on the mystery of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s epitaph reads,

Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbeare
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones.

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Quotations by William Shakespeare

Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak.
William Shakespeare

If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work; but when they seldom come, wished for come.
William Shakespeare

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
William Shakespeare

The jury, passing on the prisoner’s life, may in the sworn twelve have a thief or two guiltier than him they try.
William Shakespeare

Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.
William Shakespeare

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

Thieves for their robbery have authority when judges steal themselves.
William Shakespeare

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
William Shakespeare

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
William Shakespeare

Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets, but gold that’s put to use more gold begets.
William Shakespeare


  1. Roxanne Palmer says

    “Shakespeare never actually said this, it’s a common misquotation. The phrase ‘heartache’ wasn’t in use until much later. The actual quote is “Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises.”, it’s from All’s Well That Ends Well.”

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