When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her though I know she lies (Sonnet 138) William Shakespeare quote
Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have immortal longings in me (Antony and Cleopatra) William Shakespeare quote
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions! (Hamlet Act 4 Scene 5) William Shakespeare quote
It is a heretic that makes the fire, Not she which burns in it (The Winter's Tale, Act 2 Scene 3) William Shakespeare quote
Though this be madness, yet there is method in it (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2) William Shakespeare quote
But be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them (Twelfth Night, Act 2 Scene 5) Men
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Should all despair That have revolted wives, the tenth of mankind Would hang themselves (The Winter's Tale Act 1, Scene 2) William Shakespeare quote
I pray you, do not fall in love with me, For I am false than vows made in wine (As You Like It, Act 3 Scene 5) 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