Cucullus non facit monachum (Latin: The cowl does not make the monk). William Shakespeare quote
My bounty is as boundless as the sea; My love as deep; The more I give to thee, the more I have; For both are infinite. William Shakespeare quote
But break my heart, for I must hold my tongue William Shakespeare quote
A fool and his words are soon parted William Shakespeare quote
I am but mad north-north-west; when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw William Shakespeare quote
Despising, For you, the city, this I turn my back: There is a world elsewhere William Shakespeare quote
Now is the winter of our discontent; Made glorious summer by this sun of York William Shakespeare quote
A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! William Shakespeare quote
The most famous English playwright of all time, 1564 - 1616. He wrote a large number of plays in different genres, such as comedies, tragedies, histories and of course romances.
Some of his work is still regularly studied in classrooms to this day so his influence is enduring; for instance Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth are still commonly studied. His longest play was Hamlet which many consider to be the greatest play of all time.
His influence on the English language was immense with a surprisingly high number of words tracing their origin to his work, as indeed do many phrases.
His mind was clearly very productive and his command for story telling and commenting on humans and humanity meant his stories have reached through the ages even if the language now is difficult to understand. For many he is the greatest writer that has ever lived. Read our book reviews for William Shakespeare